Having “won” a fight that will result in a two-month extension of an inconsequential tax cut (as opposed to a one-year extension), U.S. President Barack Obama flew off to Hawaii on Friday for a 17-day vacation that will cost taxpayers an estimated $4 million.
Before departing, though, Obama approved an additional $113 million in foreign aid for poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa – where the U.S. has already spent $870 million this year.
These numbers are drops in the bucket of our $15.1 trillion debt, obviously, but still … that’s money we don’t have to spend going to pay for social welfare in other countries.
Obama claims he’s responding to “heartbreaking accounts” from the region … but he’s clearly not heartbroken enough over the situation to forgo his costly two-and-a-half week trip to Hawaii (which could have defrayed some of his government-funded benevolence).
And while Obama is paying for his own vacation rental home this time (quite the sacrifice seeing as taxpayers are paying him $400,000 a year on top of literally all his expenses), it’s worth noting that his staff is staying in $450 a night hotel rooms at the luxurious Moana Surfrider Hotel.
Sheesh … and we think Kim Jong-Il and Muammar al-Qaddafi are friggin’ eccentric despots?
The last time we checked more than 146 million Americans were classified as poor and low-income thanks to Obama’s policies (and the increasingly Keystone Kop antics of Congressional Republicans who are supposed to be “opposing” those policies).
Of course Obama’s only thinking of them insofar as keeping them under the illusion that he is acting in their interests.