Monday, January 6, 2014

Obama - the Cheapskate

Other Peoples' Money is Fun         [Glenn McCoy]

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We learn from the Washington Post's Reliable Source that Michelle Obama's birthday party is scheduled for 18 January 2014 at the White House.
Is that Valerie Jarrett orchestrating in the rear?

[We're not sure if she'll attend, or if she'll still be "vacationing" in Hawaii -- sans spouse.  Lots of unconfirmed rumors about divorce lawyers and such these days.]

The curious things about this event are the
1) Title:  "Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert"
2) Caveat:  EBYC [translated:  Eat Before You Come]

Miss Manners would likely not approve; but it appears the head of White House protocol was long ago banished to the basement of the State Department where he has lived in anguish since the arrival of the Obama Bunch -- demonstrably devoid of any sense of dignity.

So, what's the deal?
The music is apparently provided gratis, and the grazing "eats" are likely cheap -- maybe from the Costco discount bin?

Why so cheap when the White House has an annual expense account of $169,000?
Hmm.  Mr obama may be following the Jimmy Carter "cheapskate" pattern; i.e., of the expense account funds that he doesn't spend -- he gets to keep 100%, tax free.

Given that he's spent almost nothing on entertainment since he's been in office -- at least since the Salahi gate-crashing incident, he's accumulated about $676,000 so far -- tax free.  Three more years in office and he'll have another $500,000 or so, give or take a few bucks to be spent on pot parties and golf outings at Cape Cod.  Now, to be fair, $100,000 per year is budgeted for  travel -- but, we've yet to see an accounting for that expense since everywhere he travels, he's claiming its for official business; and he'd burn through $100,000 in a few hours flying around on Air Force One.

Of course, Jimmy Carter is on record as collecting almost every penny budgeted for his Presidential  expense account.  Do you remember ANY White House functions while he was in office -- or for that matter, if the lights were ever turned on?

But, let's not forget that Mr obama's salary is $400,000 per year.
But, since he lives in subsidized housing, gets his meals for free [no need for food stamps], his kids get a free ride at the local private school, his local travel is covered by the White House limo service -- what does he spend his money on? 

Certainly not medical care; the ACA registration site rejected him because the tax rolls gauged his Social Security number to be bogus -- so he had to have a "special registration" by a staff member.  But, not to worry, he gets free medical care at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Maryland -- while he signed off on an increase in fees that Military members and retirees have to pay for their treatment.

So, his before-tax income since he's been in office amounts to about $2 Million, plus the non-taxable expense account of another million or so as a parting package when he finally leaves office; his total bank account should be in the $4 Million range -- after taxes.

Not bad for a guy whose personal history and citizenship remain opaque -- and whose associates include designated terrorists, and who was adamant about supporting al-Qaeda terrorists in the Syrian Civil War.

Now, keep in mind, this is the President who insists that you tighten your belt to make ends meet at budget time. and who has spent millions of dollars on his personal [business-related, of course] vacations at Cape Cod, Spain, Hawaii, etc.

It makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it?