Friday, Bits and Pieces
BO heading to West Palm Beach for private golf lessons after he hits Chicago to talk about “gun violence”. White House Dossier reports
Taxpayers will be sending President Obama on his second vacation of the year when he departs Friday aboard Air Force One for a Presidents’ Day Weekend excursion to West Palm Beach, Florida.
Without apparent irony, Obama has decided to jet to a well-trod stomping ground of the rich just days after presenting himself to the nation in his State of the Union speech as the guardian of the middle class.
Not to be outdone by Preezy, MO will be vacationing in Aspen. Don’t you love the lifestyle they afford themselves on the taxpayer dime?
According to Aspen newspapers, both Michelle and Vice President Biden are expected on the slopes. The White House has not yet announced the trip, and it’s not clear when she will be leaving, though she will presumably go today.
Michelle’s separate excursion from the president means that, even as the government prepares to slash spending as the March 1 sequester approaches, taxpayers will be footing the bill for two separate Obama vacations, paying for items like travel and the expensive security and staff entourages that accompany them everywhere.
How about that VDay dinner? Had traffic snarled for hours as they dined on a $900 meal. I am so totally impressed with all that “sacrificin” and “belt tightening” being done by teh WONS. Wonder how many other couples evening was ruined so MO could get her fair share of fodder.
As part of Black History Month, Mrs. O hosted a White House workshop to celebrate the film Beasts of the Southern Wild today. On the fashion front, Mrs. O’s look was defined by her accessories. Wearing a basic black top and pants, the first lady accessorized with a layered mixed stone statement necklace and gold hoop earrings.woven gold earrings with gunmetal spikes and an ‘Elements’ druzy stone necklace, both by Alexis Bittar. http://mrs-o.com/
The House voted Friday to freeze the pay of federal workers for the third year in a row over the objections of congressional Democrats and the Obama administration.
Members voted 261-154 in favor of the bill, which would also lock in a pay freeze for members of Congress. It exempts people serving in the military.
The bill won significant support from Democrats — 43 voted for it — while 10 Republicans voted against it.
The legislation is an attempt to override President Obama’s executive order in December that seeks to give federal workers a 0.5 percent pay hike in late March. That order incensed congressional Republicans, who criticized it as an attempt to seize control of an issue that has been left to Congress.
Sequestration on the way. Nancy Pelosi is very upset about “dignity” of Congress. Well, dignity aside, she wanted this as much as BO and Reid. Now they’re all whining about it. Preezy was adamant about the whole issue.
Democrats thought it was a great idea when the White House demanded that Republicans accept it in the summer 2011 budget deal, and as late as just a few months ago, Barack Obama scolded Republicans for trying to “wriggle out” of the deal. When Republicans embraced the cuts, suddenly Democrats started talking about how dangerous they are. Perhaps neither side is terribly anxious in reality to undo the only reductions in spending that they’ve so far managed to produce, and that’s why they’re all leaving town rather than deal with the consequences.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers’ jobs.
“I don’t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.”
Yes, Congress should be rewarded for just being elected. Never mind they haven’t been doing their job for the past 6 years, it’s enough they have the “dignity” of the job to get their “reward”.
Preezy is pretty insistent that his is the “most transparent government” ever in the history of the world…because he said so. Benghazi and Fast and Furious doesn’t count…..well…..because he said so.
President Obama once again claimed his administration is the “most transparent in history” Thursday, despite lengthy record of failed reform and increased secrecy.
Obama was answering questions during a Google hangout when a woman questioned him on his promises of greater government transparency, noting things “feels a lot less transparent.”
“This is the most transparent administration in history,” Obama assured the woman. “I can document that this is the case.”
“Every visitor that comes into the White House is now part of the record,” Obama continued. “Just about every law that we pass and rule that we implement we put online for everyone to see.”
See, BO can document it …….so we can absolutely believe it to be the truth….even if our lying eyes tell us differently.
“In the beginning of 2010, [Obama] said he made a significant mistake by abandoning some of his pledges related to transparency,” said Josh Gerstein of Politico, “and that going forward they would do things differently. Seems to me we are forward and it seems to me we’re not doing things any differently.”
It was a more-in-sadness-than-in-anger critique of Obama often heard from the political left, and the moderator, the Sunlight Foundation’s Daniel Schuman, was apologetic. “We’re placing a lot of blame at the administration,” he observed. “Or blame isn’t the right word — maybe responsibility.”
No, blame is just fine. The Obama administration’s high level of opacity, though typical of modern presidencies, is troubling precisely because the president was so clear about his determination to do things differently. As recently as early last year, some open-government advocates were still hopeful, presenting Obama with an anti-secrecy award at the White House. But even then, there were signs of trouble: The award presentation wasn’t on his schedule and was closed to reporters.
By certain measures, “overall secrecy has actually increased rather than declined,” said Steven Aftergood, who runs the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy. “Criminalization of unauthorized disclosures of information to the press has risen sharply, becoming a preferred tactic. Efforts to promote public accountability in controversial aspects of counterterrorism policy such as targeted killing have been blocked by threadbare, hardly credible national security secrecy claims.”
A Washington Post report from this past summer concluded that “by some measures the government is keeping more secrets than before.” Those making Freedom of Information Act requests in 2011 were less likely than in 2010 to get material from 10 of 15 Cabinet agencies, which were more likely to exploit the law’s exemptions.
What’s on your minds today?
- Nancy Pelosi on Congressional pay cuts: It undermines the dignity of the job (maddmedic.wordpress.com)
- President Obama to Go on Vacation. Again. (libertynews.com)
- Obama says his is ‘most transparent administration’ ever (thehill.com)
- Nancy ‘In Denial’ Pelosi: We Don’t Have A Spending Problem (ijreview.com)
- Michelle Obama, daughters going skiing (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Everyone Must Sacrifice… Obamas to Take Separate Luxury Vacations over Long Weekend (thegatewaypundit.com)
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