Wednesday, June 19, 2013

This Week’s Watcher’s Council Nominations – $100M African Safari Edition

Michelle Obama's Irish/German/African Pre-Summer Vacation

Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts | Fox News


June 17, 2013: US first lady Michelle Obama, center, with her daughters Sasha, and Malia, are escorted by Patrick Prendergast, far left, President/Provost of Trinity College, during their visit to the Old Library at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland. (AP photo/FoxGirls seemingly not impressed so far with their extra (2-day) $5Million dollar taxpayer paid side trip to Ireland, as millions of Americans are still unemployed, under-employed or have left the market place completely out of discouragement.  But what the heck… Mama got her new wardrobe (about which articles are being pulled from the Internet quicker than anyone can read them), so let them eat cake~

“President Obama’s trip this month to Africa, with the first family tagging along, is projected to cost taxpayers as much as $100 million, sparking criticism as the federal government scrimps along during sequester-related budget cuts.

Among the related costs will be fighter jets; hundreds of Secret Service agents; a Navy ship with a full trauma center; and military cargo planes to bring 56 vehicles including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bullet­proof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay. The details were reported by The Washington Post, based on a confidential planning document.”

Understandably, the President has to travel and that accounts for much of the spending, but where is the shared sacrifice? When school kids can’t take White House tours the least the first family could do is show some solidarity and at least a little restraint.  Oh… I almost forgot, ‘they’ did say they wanted us to feel the pain of sequestration… after all, how else can they keep blaming it on the Republicans?

This Week’s Watcher’s Council Nominations

JoshuaPundit on Jun 19 2013Nominations

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy! At least for some of us.

Just a little 8 day excursion with family,entourage and friends at a mere $12 million plus per day.

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.

Council News:

This week, Right Truth, Tina Trent, Ask Marion and The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great pieces.

So, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions
Honorable Mentions
Non-Council Submissions

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