The start of the new school year is upon us. The kids have all gotten their new school clothes and supplies. Registration for Amador and other Pleasanton schools is next week. Parents can breathe a sigh of relief that the kids will get back to the regimen of a school once again.
Teachers may have to forgo the customary writing assignment that many of us may remember the first week of school—‘What we did during summer vacation.’ With the high number of unemployed, the price of gas at over $4.00 per gallon, many families had to either scale down on the vacation plans, or scrap plans all together.
Many families had to explain to their kids the importance of sacrifice, and the need to conserve during tough times. But other families seem to think that vacations are a right and not a privilege; especially when it’s on the tax payer’s dime.
Michelle Obama, in 2011, has racked up a staggering amount of money traveling across the globe. Here is what her itinerary looked like so far this year:
• Trip to Latin America to discuss trade and the global economy doubled as a vacation since it was spring break for daughters Malia and Sasha.
• Panama City, Florida
• Martha’s Vineyard
• Trip to Africa where Michelle brought her two daughters, mother, two nephews, a few friends and a few white house staffers
• Trip planned for later this year to Corvallis, Oregon to see her brother
Although the first family is responsible for picking up the tab for many of the costs involved in recreational travel, the taxpayers are paying for air travel and security. Michelle Obama has been using Air Force 2, which is usually reserved for the Vice President. Air Force 2 is a C-32a which is the military version of the 757 which flies at a cost of $12,723 per hour. The cost round trip to Africa would be $165,399 for air travel alone. Put in the cost of Secret Service agents protecting her entire entourage and the price tag is substantial.
Even the most ardent supporters of Obama and his administration should agree that you must lead by example, and this is sending the wrong message to the middle class who is sacrificing everywhere they can to stay afloat.