|Not Obama's bus|
The following video, via Dakota Voice tells something about this:
The president has carped and lectured on excesses of spending to private jet owners, Las Vegas vacationers, etc., but he has seen no reason not to send Michelle and friends on a vacation to Spain, where they had to clear public beaches to allow the First Lady’s group to frolic in the sand, nor to use Air Force One for personal “dates” with the First Lady in New York, Europe, or wherever.
I haven’t heard from anyone who doubts that the President’s “listening tour” is simply a campaign tour, or that the ultra-fancy bus is a campaigning vehicle. The expenses of these things should be paid for by political supporters, not taxpayers in general.
Of course, the president can also get free TV time whenever he wishes, but by now, he may be reluctant to use it too much, since each appearance lately seems to be followed by a drop in the stock market, and also his poll numbers.
I suppose the president believes in public funding for (his) political campaigns. But where does this cross the line? Of course, all this is a minor issue compared to the economic threats currently facing our country. But Obama’s tactics do not seem to represent financial caution or much concern about the public treasury.
Emily Miller, “MILLER: Obama’s Bus Force One,” 08/15/2011, The Washington Times.
via GDS44’s Blog.
“The Magical Misery Obama Bus Tour Begins with $1,100,000.00Custom Made Buses…. Two of em at a cost of $2.2 Million for 3 days use,” 08/15/2011, The Last Refuge. (with quotes from a CNS News article)
Illustration: Public domain image courtesy of The Crittenden Automotive Library.