American royalty on parade

Here’s another pure Bookworm post that got published first at Mr. Conservative:

Biden's London stay

Imagine that you’re the vice president of a nation that’s slowly going bankrupt. Your president has been traveling around the nation saying that, with the economy poised so delicately on the verge of disaster, any spending cuts will destroy elder care, education, and the military, to name just a few groups that the president says will suffer if any cuts are made to America’s spending patterns.

Now imagine that you, as vice president, travel for one night to London. How many people should you take with you and where should you stay? You, being a sensible person, take a bare-bones entourage and stay at a sturdy, middle-of-the-road hotel that can cope with your security needs.

But you’re not the vice president — Joe Biden is. And despite President Obama’s Chicken Little “Sky is Falling” shtick about an economy so delicate that even minor spending cuts will destroy it, nothing is too good for you. That’s why, if you’re Vice President Joe Biden spending a bit of time in London, you require 136 rooms at the Hyatt Regency for your team, resulting in a total of 893 room nights for the stay. Oh, and you charge the American people $459,338.65 – or a little more than $500 per room for these public servants.

Biden's Paris stay

Then, if you’re a member of the Obama administration, you do the same thing all over again in Paris. This time you stay at the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand. You bring the full entourage and end up costing the taxpayers $585,000.50. After all, nothing is too good for public employees in the Obama administration.

Even the fact that these hotel contracts are not open for competitive bidding for security reasons does not justify these expenses. It’s time for people in Washington to remember that we’re not their employees. The opposite is true – they work for us.

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  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

     
    I’ve read (or heard) somewhere that GW Bush took just as many people and spent just as much money when he traveled….but it’s very difficult for me to believe that. 
     
    The same folks tell us that GW took even more vacation time, without mentioning that most of it was at Camp David or his ranch in Texas at FAR less cost to the taxpayer.
     
    So….can anyone find definitive and trustworthy data on comparative costs for foreign trips?

  • Mike Devx

    IF Ben Bernanke has to get $1 trillion printed in easy money every year, to cover the national debt, it must be just a matter of seconds for him to print the money to cover this Biden trip.
     
    I know, they don’t actually print the money.  At least, I don’t think they do.  It’s more likely just a bunch of electronic bits and blips and bleeps as they magically alter numbers held in databases somewhere.
     
    How dare the peasants complain about the manner in which their privileged elite spend the collected-tax money that actually does not exist?  BOW, PEASANTS!  You shall bow!  And then in the future your children shall pay!
     
    You once had a 401-K
    That was solvent on a certain Friday
    Then the government dancers
    Did a haircut and some transfers
    Now a fourth of your money is theirs. Yay.
     
     

  • Mike Devx

    So, it started with the PIIGS: Portugal, Ireland, Iceland, Greece, Spain.  Add Cyprus to the mix.  France and England are staggering, trying to figure out a way to clean up their mounting debt, sluggish economic mess.  Politically, the vast entitlements redistribution money transfer schemes are untouchable.
     
    In the good ol’ USA, our debt is at 16-trillion plus, with a GDP below that.  Yes, 100%+ debt to GDP ratio.  And the Democrat Senate budget simply continues to pile on the debt, with no balanced budget even being CLOSE to being considered.  It’s all debt, all the time, 24/7/365.  Politically, the vast entitlements redistribution money transfer schemes are untouchable.  And just wait untill ObamaCare really kicks in and bites.  You ain’t seen nothin yet.
     
    And the more they layer on the “solutions” composed of nothing more than baling wire, duct tape, chewed bubblegum and spit, the more unstable the whole teetering mess becomes.  A huge unstable tower of economic crap sitting on a deliberately hollowed-out empty foundation.  Until, when it does finally collapse, the collapse will be shockingly large and quick, due to years and years – decades! – of fake economic trickery.
     
    America and Europe go BOOM.  What part of DOOM don’t they understand?  But the average American voter is too busy watching Honey Boo Boo.
     
     
     

  • SADIE

    Definitely a theme … Sticker Shock and Awe Sh*t Campaign!
     
    “Public health study spends $1.5million to find out why ‘three-quarters of lesbians are obese’ National Institutes of Health awarded funding to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to examine link between sexual orientation and obesity Project called of ‘high public health significance’”
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2292264/Public-health-study-spends-1-5m-quarters-lesbians-fat.html#ixzz2ONohgVlY
     
    “Apparently, there’s not just an obesity epidemic among lesbian women, but also a plague of alcoholism.
    Since 2009, the University of Illinois has been receiving federal grants for a study called, “Cumulative Stress and Hazardous Drinking in a Community of Adult Lesbians.” A description of the grant states,”
    Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/high-tide-and-turn/2013/mar/20/4-million-taxpayer-bucks-study-alcoholism-obesity-/#ixzz2ONpF2Zi0

  • SADIE

     
    Earl, I think it’s pretty much impossible to get accurate figures. I’ve read that AFI cost is $180,000/hr. to fly. The bottom line … S/H and postage is a well-guarded secret.  The only reason we saw the room rates for the two nights (there were three other nights for Joe and Jill and entourage during the same period of time) was due to the fact that they were contracted sans bidding due to security. 
     
     

  • Charles Martel

    Well! They could have directed the $1.5 million grant to research lesbian obesity and alcoholism to me and I would have provided a detailed answer within minutes: An oppressive, homophobic, patriarchal, sex-hating society has forced lesbians into high-carb/high-alcohol self-medication schemes.
     
    The road to weight loss and liver preservation among lesbians (and all other sexually oppressed minorities) lies in funding a massive federal program to genetically alter certain molecules in food and drink that lead to obesity and alcohol addiction. Simultaneously, the program will lambaste the food and beverage companies that relentlessly cruise the streets and grocery stores of lesbian neighborhoods seizing, and forcing lesbians—via huge testosterone-smeared funnels—to consume gigantic portions of the companies’ products.

  • SADIE

     Charles,  If there is ever an opening for a Czar of Food, Drink and Commentary, you’ll be a shoe-in for the position.
     
    Btw…total funding is $4 million for both studies, without a chance of getting a “bang” for the buck.

  • Ron19

    SADIE #7:
     
    We already have that “Czar of Food, Drink and Commentary,” nicknamed “Moochelle.”

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    I wonder when the American people will realize that when they vote Democrat, they are voting in an aristocracy that already exists.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Although it’s probably true that even if people did realize it, they would still do it. After all, aristos and hollywood rapist directors seem pretty high on the social ladder these days. Beyond the peasants at least.