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Sunday, August 08, 2010

ANDY MARTIN: The Obamas have become the “most vulgar” family in White House history

Conservative columnist Andy Martin says that it is obscene the way Michelle Obama used federal tax dollars to pay for her “private” vacation in Spain. American taxpayers had to borrow $1 million to subsidize Michelle Obama’s junket. Martin says it is time to cut the nouveau riche Obamas down to size and to stop wasting borrowed federal funds during a time of record deficits.

Internet powerhouse Andy Martin says Michelle Obama is stealing from American taxpayers and forcing us to borrow money to support her lavish lifestyle
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Andy Martin says his 2009 prediction that the Obamas would become the most vulgar family to ever occupy the White House is coming true

Martin says U. S. taxpayers had to borrow a million dollars to pay for Michelle Obama’s “private” vacation in Spain

Martin says it is time for Congress to legislate limits on presidential spending for personal expenses

(NEW YORK)(August 9, 2010) Michelle Obama’s trip to Spain has finally boosted her family into the winner’s circle as the “Most Vulgar” family to ever live in the White House.

When the Obamas moved in last year they began by gorging themselves on imported Japanese beef (known as “Kobe” or “Waygu” beef) at $75 dollars a pound. The Obamas are what as known as nouveau riche; they are people who are new to money and have no sense of propriety or manners. I suppose you could say nouveau riche is a polite substitute for “trailer trash.”

Did Mrs. Obama take a “private” vacation to Spain last week, as Robert Gibbs claims? On a public airplane, with 80 “security” people and a million dollar price tag all paid for by American taxpayers? Are you kidding?

Michelle Obama, who showed her real contempt for the American people during the presidential campaign, has now proven she has utter contempt for the people that elected her husband.

Many critical comments about Mrs. Obama’s trip to Spain have noted that we have 9.5% unemployment, and Mrs. Obama should not be spending government cash at a time of economic distress. I agree.

Using a bogus “lunch” with the Spanish King as an “official” fig leaf to write off a million dollar government junket is similar to what the recently fired Hewlett-Packard chief executive did. He got fired for cooking the books and riding his expense account. In time the Obamas will be removed for the same arrogance and abuses.

Every day the U. S. Government is “losing” four (4) billion dollars. That is, every day we have to borrow four billion more dollars to meet the expenses of the federal government. All of this borrowing adds to our long-term debt. These borrowings are being shared by every American.

We are all struggling to subsidize the Obamas' obscene life style at taxpayer expense. Once you realize that Michelle Obama’s million-dollar “private” vacation was paid for with money the United States borrowed, largely from China, you get a sense of why decent Americans are disgusted with the Obamas and their contemptuous attitude towards America’s financial crisis.

The controversial White House party-crashing Salafis are more presidential that the Obamas.

During the 1973 oil crisis, President Nixon tried to show his concern for wasteful government spending by traveling on commercial airliners. It took a little doing, but it worked.

When the newly-elected British Prime Minister came to Washington last month, he traveled on a commercial airliner. He knew what appearances meant at a time when he is asking the British people for austerity measures.

Barry Obama flew to Chicago last week for 24 hours, and used a 747 airliner to make the one-hour fight. It cost tens of thousands of dollars. Is it beneath Obama to use a commercial airliner when he flies home for a “birthday party?” Where was the public function?

During the Nixon years, liberals coined the phrase the “imperial presidency” to demean Nixon. They resurrected that term under George W. Bush. But the true “imperials” have been the Clintons and the Obamas. They treat the U. S. Treasury as their own personal piggy bank.

Hillary and Bill Clinton were and are also famous for abusing government facilities. Now the Obamas are following in the Clintons’ footsteps.

A decade after he left the White House, Bill Clinton is still milking the American taxpayer for excessive “security” and “personal” costs.

All of this money to support the lavish lifestyles of the Obamas and Clintons is being funded with borrowed money. In fairness to the Clintons, when they were looting the Treasury in the 90’s we did not have a financial crisis. But the Obamas are spending borrowed money like there is no tomorrow. Maybe they realize that for them, there is no tomorrow.

When the Clintons left the White House they were largely disliked and despised for their personal abuses. But the Clintons have been rescued by the vulgarities of the Obamas, who think that it’s “private” for them to spend money borrowed by the U. S. taxpayers to fund their lavish lifestyles.

When we elect a president we owe that person safety, and security and comfort. I don't think any American disagrees with that basic principle. We also owe the family the same level of security, but not at the same level of unrestrained spending. Mrs. Obama had eighty security staff accompany her. Of course the official line is that the “Secret Service” makes those personnel decisions. But the Secret Service makes decisions based on exaggerated notions of safety for private citizens such as “Private Citizen Michelle.” Does it really take eighty security people for Michelle, who calls herself a “private citizen,” to travel? When the U. S. is bankrupt and going four billion more dollars a day into debt every day?

This is not a partisan issue. I don’t think Republicans have been as arrogant or crass as Democrats about abusing tax dollars for lavish presidential activity, but both parties are at fault. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has spent a fortune on what is her own taxpayer-funded private air force. Where does it end?

Here is my suggestion: Congress should legislate clear limits on both presidents and presidential families. We should have strict limits on travel by family members at government expense. The U. S. should not absorb overseas travel expenses for family members unless the president is also on the trip. Jaunts such as Michelle Obama’s Spanish vacation should be prohibited from receiving taxpayer subsidies.

Even presidents should be encouraged to use commercial airline service for short trips. When the Obamas come to New York for a Broadway show, they don't need a government jet. Why don’t they ride Amtrak, and find out how the rest of us live?

Barack Obama is a failed president. His economic policies have failed. His foreign policy is a shambles, and it is on the verge of exploding in Iraq. Americans are being slaughtered by Taliban savages. Voters are in an angry mood.

And in the midst of our financial crisis and ongoing recession Michelle called up Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and said, “Tim, borrow another million from China so you can pay for my ‘private’ vacation to Spain. Ha. Ha. Ha. Sucker!”

I think even the always-despised Empress Marie Antoinette would have had more sense than that. Asking American taxpayers to borrow money so Michelle can go on a “private” vacation, with public financing?

Now we know why Michelle Obama is no longer a lawyer and surrendered her law license. She’s too dumb to have the common sense to know that in politics, appearances are everything, and she has appeared for what she is: arrogant, corrupt, contemptuous and the same old America-hater she was during the campaign. Those Democrats that still lover her? You can have her.

The Obamas are vulgar, and as they realize they are being evicted from the White House in 2012 they will become even more vulgar and contemptuous of the American people. I told you so, two years ago.

ABOUT ANDY: Andy Martin is the legendary New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He promotes his best-selling book, “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” and his Internet movie "Obama: The Hawai'i years." Martin has been a leading corruption fighter in Illinois for over forty years. He is currently sponsoring
Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” He comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of investigative and overseas experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

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