The prospect of pitching over the federal "fiscal cliff" isn´t stopping the White House from moving forward with President Obama´s year-end Hawaii vacation plans.Even as Republicans and Democrats report minimal progress so far in talks to meet a deadline to avoid sharp tax hikes and spending cuts, the White House was moving forward with the first family´s and friends´ $4 million vacation to Mr. Obama´s native state. Residents living near the beachfront homes in Kailua where President Obama has vacationed every year since 2008 received alerts this week about the restrictions and expected travel disruptions
What if all of the Pubbies headed to Hawaii (on their own dime of course) at the same time as the president? What would he think if they held a little session of Congress there on Oahu for a couple of days?
Obama genuinely doesn´t care about any cliff. He desires this chaos and looks at it as an opportunity to further weaken America, while gaining more control and power over the people. Not all but many of the Obama voters will very soon be regretting how they voted.
Has anyone else noticed that whenever there is some type of bill to be passed, or deal to be done, that winds up screwing us all, Zero conveniently has a vacation arranged and leaves right after the deal is done?
I presume our Royal Family is, as usual, depending on other people to actually do the work while they while away their days in leisurely pursuits at our expense.
It is crystal clear that the Obama´s don´t really care about this "fiscal cliff", where hidden taxes will wipe a good percentage of everyone´s remaining money out of their bank accounts and into the union and government pension coffers.
Our Royal Family behave as though they expect to be here forever, and if our worst nightmares come true, they just might be.
You would think that this year of all years that Obama would decide to go home to Chicago or stay in the White House for Christmas since the country is in such dire straits. The fact that he would choose to put the burden for an expensive vacation on the back of the taxpayer says a lot about his character. Why lead by example when you can enjoy a luxurious vaycay on someone else´s dime? This kind of behavior will continue when we go over the fiscal cliff and hit rock bottom. After all, he and wifey are entitled to as much taxpayer money as they can get. This mindset is the same in the ghetto or in the White House. It´s reparations, baby!
Dear Leader, the historic first Arab president, has many accomplishments, including: prolonging the Great "Recession" (don´t you dare call it a depression because that´s what he prevented), single handedly capping Bin Laden, closing Guantanamo (er, nevermind), spreading Democracy in Egypt (Morsi is actually a great guy, woot, woot!), creating millions of Greenjobs (er, nevermind). YOUR WELCOME!
It is time for the GOP to walk away from the deal on the table and let the country go over the fiscal cliff. Obama and the Democrats won the election - let them figure it out. Let the taxes increase. Let the spending cuts go through. Do not vote for any more debt ceiling increases. Let the economy go into recession. Take the pain and the blame now. Screw this fraudulent evil doer who is a son of Lucifer.
I hate to keep pointing it out, but let´s get used to it. For those of us who voted on November 6th and marked the box for Romney, atta boys/girls. Those who could not get off their behinds and vote because of that individualism statement they had to make by sitting out, good job...real slick. Not every day the incumbent president gets 8 million fewer votes than before..and still winds.
We can expect a steady diet of Obie´s in-your-face politics for another four years and again during Obie´s third term.
Because Boehner can´t politic at Obie´s level, he´s already been defined by Obie on the cliff so that whatever the outcome, Boehner gets blamed. On the other hand Boehner did not get to where he is because he cant survive in politics. Always a chance he can rub Obie´s nose in it.
At the end of the day, big egos control the issue. If you were to ask Obie who it is he thinks he is working for, wanna guess what he´d say?
Think it’s easy? Think fundamentally transforming an entire country is a piece o’ cake? Think again! It’s strenuous work and he deserves some time off from the rigors of destroying our once exceptional nation. Drunk (or high) with power after his November 6 reelection, and with the aid of his ever-present, fawning, corrupt media toadies, he’s going to make all his dictatorial dreams come true. But, first things first. His vacation: Job One!
Let´s just go over the fiscal cliff and get it over with, instead of death by a thousand cuts. People will still keep voting a Republican majority into the House and no more free Obama phones (by the way, who pays the monthly bills on those phones). I hope I´m not doing that.
Everything will then start going to the SCOTUS and we still have a majority there (I think).
$4,000,000 for a vacation? I wish I could scrape enough together to pay my student loans off, freakin´ loan sharks. My hubby and I wanted to get away for a couple days for our anniversary (2 years!) later this month, but, no, Navy changed his work schedule. My husband works his rear off with little pay and the CIC takes a $4 million vacation in the middle of a crises. Trust me, it there is a military coup , Obama will be on the receiving end.
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I haven´t had a real vacation in so long I can´t remember when. I don´t begrudge the Won a vacation but come on!!!!! He takes vacation, after vacation, after vacation while we sit here and watch our taxes go up and up and up.
The price of eggs just went up .20 this week, and that´s just a start.
save the money. Close the WH while he is gone. and empty out the EOB. Defund the power bill, since he is in Hawaii, that is where the office is. The neighbors ought to throw their dinner plates at the Limos. SAy to SS "Fell down and go boom !"
Obama has already conveyed his strategy. He will let us fall off the cliff so he can blame the obstructionists Republicans. Its all about image. What the Republicans need to do is to stay in Washington and work. When we drop off the cliff Republicans must run campaign-style ads showing Obama on vacation while they were working. Its a simple strategy…but potentially devastating.
"Going over the cliff? What me worry?" says President Kingfish. "I´ve got a shiny new Cadillac car to roll in, free lunch/golfing fees from coast to coast and the keys to my very own personalized Boeing 747-200B!"
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