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Friday, 12 November 2010


Mannie Sherberg
This is a little off-topic, but not much. In today's "American Thinker," Lauri Regan writes that the new Congress -- which, of course, holds the purse strings -- "should curb Obama's extravagant lifestyle." This is a superb idea. The notion of using taxpayer dollars to sustain a president with the tastes of an Oriental potentate is repugnant to American sensibilities. There is no reason whatsoever for the POTUS or any other public official to live in opulence that most people cannot even imagine. And this goes double in a time when many, many Americans are struggling just to keep their heads above water. Enough already with the conspicuous consumption! It's time to turn off the spigot.
Even the Queen of England has cut back - http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101020/en_afp/britaineconomybudgetpoliticsroyals_20101020165103 - and the Brits only pay 94 cents each per year to maintain the monarchy! (Queen Elizabeth even sold the royal helicopter.) And the Spanish royal family was cut back as well: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/8004484/Spains-Royal-family-cut-budget-for-first-time-in-history.html If Obama is really a European-style citizen of the world, he should be happy to follow suit. First cut I would make would be to the First Lady's extensive staff. That has stuck in my craw from the very beginning. If 9 people were sufficient to serve Jackie Kennedy, then I certainly don't think Michelle needs 24. I know, it's nit-picking.... but still....

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