Obama wants to gut defense spending. He wants to eliminate almost every effective program the military has. There is one area where he is not cutting and where the budget should now be cut. In fact, it should not only be cut, it should be slashed. It should be zeroed out.
What is it?
It is the funding for 89th Military Air Wing. This is the Air Force Unit that is responsible for VIP transportation. In other words, it is the home to Air Force One.
Air Force One now costs almost $200,000 an hour to operate. And that is just for the one plane. That does not take into account what else must be used when Obama travels. Not only do you have Air Force One, you have helicopters and other transport aircraft to transport his limousine, plus you have literally hundreds of personnel who have to be transported for a Presidential visit.
ABC News recently reported that Obama took a three state trip on Air Force One. He had two “official” events and eight fundraisers. His trip is estimated to cost the taxpayers $2.1 million and that is just for Air Force One.
That figure again does not even begin to take into account the other expenses when Obama goes on the road.
Obama wants to kill our military. He is working hard to destroy the F-35 program. We need F-35’s a lot more than we need Obama tooling around the skies.
America is $15 trillion in debt. Our per capita debt is now greater than any other country in Europe and probably in the world.
Obama doesn’t care. As long has he has Air Force One to ride around in for fundraisers, he is happy. He does not care about the Americans out of work. He does not care that he is weakening America’s military so that soon we will not only not be the strongest nation in the world, we will not even be a super power.
Of course, that would make Obama happy, since he believes America is the focus of evil in the modern world.
Regrettably we do not have Republican leadership with any courage. Instead of stopping Obama’s wild spending and redirecting our resources to the priorities the nation should have, they simply roll over.
Perhaps one Republican in Congress would have the courage to draft a bill to eliminate funding for Air Force One and the 89th Military Air Wing. The bill would go no place because the 89th MAW also provides VIP transportation for members of Congress when they are on their junkets, er, fact finding trips.
Obama should enjoy his trips on Air Force One now. They will come to an end next January.
Judson Phillips wrote: "Obama should enjoy his trips on Air Force One now. They will come to an end next January."
From your lips to God's ears Judson! ;-)
This points out what is wrong with this country. It is not one part or the other. It is not The Senate or the House. It is not the President IT IS ALL OF THEM save a few freshman reps etc. They share a common mindset. Gross ignorance and asleep at the switch. The only way this country will change is to clean DC out. It may take more than one election but this is what we need to focus on. Obama wants to be the leader, good. He is the first to go and he can lead the rest either to jail or the unemployment line.
This will end the corrupt lobbyist circus and right on down the line. Any from that point on who dop not represent the will of the legal majority, will be out before their term is up. Impeachment needs to be active
Remember when Obama was running for President, he said he will not be flying around on AirForce 1 like President George Bush does.
Obama has out done Bush more that 2 to one flying AirForce One. Obama to me is living on AirForce One.
I think that we ought to cut Michelle's extravagant travels with the children. They were in Aspen last weekend. Any idea how many she took along for a public 'rip-off'? Do you suppose that they also sent the dog in it's own plane?
Sandra, of course the dog went in his own plane...Muslims don't associate with dogs.
I received an email just this last week concerning this problem (see attached). This is only 5 out of 16 trips!
SPAIN: AUGUST 2010
HAWAII: DECEMBER 2010
According to the Hawaii Reporter the costs were:
SKI TRIP TO VAIL: FEBRUARY 2011
MARTHA’S VINEYARD: AUGUST 2011
HAWAII: DECEMBER 2011
According to the Hawaii Reporter the costs were:
Can you provide a link to the above story, Kathryn. I'd like to share it with my friends who are still in a trance.
Russell, he is not flying around like G. Bush. He kept his promise. Fact is, he has outdone the last 5 presidents, combined. That is quite a feet and as promised.
Russell: if he nose gets any longer he'll tip over.
One lie after another.
If the President has this much power and the tax payers have so little control over his actions, perhaps we had better consider revising future Presidential authority in the very near future. It's gotten to the point where i don't trust any of them any more.
Obama is one sick absurdity.