By: Mark Hyman
[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).]
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 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
Mark Hyman hosts "Behind the Headlines," a commentary program for Sinclair Broadcast Group.