Extravagant Travels

By: Mark Hyman

Once again, millions of Americans can’t afford a summer vacation.  Or will vacation near home [here, here, here].

[7.9 million Americans who want full-time employment are working only part-time, according to government figures.]

Google search data suggests most Americans will visit local attractions with paintball, camping, beaches, golf and going out for ice cream as five of the top six destinations.

Not everyone is skipping a vacation.  According to White House documents, the Obamas’ upcoming trip to Africa — including a private safari — will cost taxpayers as much as $100 million.  That’s so ridiculous it sounds like a line in an Austin Powers movie.

Earlier this year, Obama went on a million dollar golf junket with Tiger Woods that was the equivalent of 341 furloughed government employees.

[Not surprisingly, major news outlets reported Obama’s 3-day golf junket without mentioning the exorbitant cost (here).]

In the past year, the Obama daughters have gone on taxpayer-funded spring break trips to Mexico and the Bahamas.  This doesn’t include the numerous vacations they’ve taken with one or both parents.

The First Family are no strangers to vacation waste. Two years ago, Michelle and Barack flew to Martha’s Vineyard on two separate jets.  Just a few hours apart.

[The Obamas also flew separately on vacation to Hawaii for the past two years (here, here).]

[Mrs. Obama not only has extravagant travel tastes but also has expensive fashion tastes as evidenced by the $6,800 jacket she wore in London for the 2012 Olympics.]

The Obamas are also creative in identifying who travels on official trips.  In a 2011 Africa trip the then-10 and 12-year old daughters were officially listed as “senior staff.”  Possibly to avoid required travel cost reimbursement to the U.S. Treasury.

The Obamas taxpayer-funded vacations are mind-boggling.  However, it’s their sense of entitlement that is truly obscene.06/18/13 Extravagant Travels

About The Author Mark Hyman:
Mark Hyman hosts "Behind the Headlines," a commentary program for Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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