Still reeling from Barack Obama's fairy tale presentation at the State of The Union address Tuesday night, I've been overwhelmed with news about the Democrats grand plan to save the middle class. Rather than implementing legislation that might grow a bigger economic pie, Barry is still gouging at the same old sorry little pie we've had for six years. He grabbed a great big old hunk of it in January 2013 with a huge tax increase, and, like every big spending liberal whose ever come down the pike, he's back for more this year.
Well, I was thinking that, if Obama and his Democratic minions really cared about the Middle Class, as he professes to do, why doesn't he get his own house in order before trying to dig further into the taxpayer's pocket.
On Wednesday I read that Barry's Health and Human Services folks flew first class to attend an event in Australia. The costs: $14,000 dollars plus per ticket. The coach fare was $2,300 dollars...but we can't have our bureaucrats flying like the rest of us do, can we? If this were an isolated incident I might chalk it up to one arrogant party screwing the taxpayer. However, such was not the case. Seems Barry's gang does this all the time...with total costs in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Maybe Barry ought to lend his gang Air Force One; after all, it only cost the taxpayer $7 million dollars for his Christmas vacation in Hawaii! So, as Barry stood before Congress the other night and cried crocodile tears for the middle class on television, he doesn't have any problem screwing those same taxpayer folks.
And who is not a bigger champion of the middle class than Elizabeth "Hiawatha" Warren! Alas, the Washington Post reported that, even as Liz screams about those wild Wall Street profits, she earned over $2 million dollars in stock market profits (to include investment banking investments) in the two years since she took office. Liz is now worth more than $7 million dollars...and that ain't middle class, folks.
The grand "poobah" though has to go to Hillary Clinton. The media has been digging for years, trying to find out if Queen Hillary's travel and speaking demands were true. Folks have been talking for years about just how grand Hillary must be treated in order to get her to appear for a speaking engagement. Well, recently the Washington Post went to court and, through the Freedom of Information Act, was able to secure information about Hillary's travel expenses and demands.
Here's an extract from the liberal rag, Slate Magazine:
The Washington Post used a Freedom of Information Act request to get an inside look at just what it takes to get Hillary Clinton to come speak at your university. First of all, there’s the matter of cash: a cool $300,000, which is apparently the “special university rate.” That is the answer UCLA received when it asked whether the public university could get some sort of discount. Undeterred by the price tag, the university moved forward with booking the former secretary of state. Yet the cash was hardly all the university had to put forward as booking the presidential hopeful involved a string of requests that kept organizers busy until she delivered he Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership speech on March 5, 2014.
The university had decided to award the former secretary of state the UCLA medal. But in a clear example of how carefully Clinton’s people stage-manage her appearances, they asked that the medal be presented in a box rather than draped around her neck. Other demands included:
- On the stage: lemon wedges, room temperature water, a carafe of warm/hot water, coffee cup and saucer
- A computer, mouse, printer and scanner
- Spread of hummus
- Chairs with two long, rectangular pillows and two cushions to be kept backstage in case the former secretary of state “needed additional back support”
- A teleprompter and “2-3 downstage scrolling monitors”
- A special podium (her team rejected the podium that had been set up for her use)
- Room-temperature sparkling and still water
- Diet ginger ale
- Sliced fruit
- Approval for any promotional materials
- Recording is permitted “for archival purposes” and only a two-minute highlight video can be uploaded to YouTube
- “Prestaged” group photos so that Clinton doesn’t have to wait “for these folks to get their act together.” The former secretary of state “doesn’t like to stand around waiting for people.”