According to Webster: prom·ise, 1.a. A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow. b. Something promised. 2. Indication of something favorable to come; expectation: 3. Indication of future excellence or success:
Keeping Webster’s words in mind, when you voted for Barack Obama because he promised America a free lunch, ..consider what you promised him?
Unless of course you are a liberal ideologue in the image of Barack Obama who doesn’t understand that a coin has two sides.
Barack Obama promised America a healthcare system “available” to everyone.
According to Webster: a·vail·a·ble, 1. Present and ready for use; at hand; accessible:
Question: Utilizing either your “Formal Education” or your “Common Sense” capacity for understanding time and space, is a law that takes effect in the year 2014, (two years after Barack Obama will “hopefully” be residing back in Chicago,) Currently “Ready for use; at hand; and accessible?”
Barack Obama’s health care is currently, “ready for use; at hand; and accessible.”
Question: why is that?
Answer: Because when America voted for Barack Obama because he promised America a free lunch, as Democrats have been doing for 235 years, America made Barack Obama promises.
In fact, America made Barack Obama more promises than Barack Obama made America.
Let’s examine that; ..here’s where we get to the other side of that coin I was telling you about.
When America elects a President, or any election “hired” individual for that matter, the “electorate,” i.e., ..theoretically, intellectually capable, responsible, voting men and women, knowingly or unknowingly promise to provide the individual, man or woman, a “pension” and a “retirement benefit” well beyond the reach of more than 90% of the men and women casting their votes.
According to Webster: e·lec·tor·ate, 1. A body of qualified voters.
During a President’s Term of Service, he or she, is provided with amenities to include living rent free in the Nation’s Capital, i.e., the White House. He or she, is provided with a professional staff, to include a White House Chief of Staff, currently William Daley, a “Cabinet,” which currently under Barack Obama consists of; “Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, Attorney General, Eric Holder, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sibelius, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Secretary of Education, Ame Duncan, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and then the list moves into the Vice President, Joe Biden and a medley of other White House personnel.
The President of United States is also provided with a domestic staff, and transportation in the form of “Lemo One,” a GMC top-kick based Cadillac, Marine One, which currently consists a choice between a HMX-1 “Nighthawk” and a larger VH-3D Sea King, or the newer, smaller VH-60N “WhiteHawk,” and last, albeit by no stretch of anyone’s imagination, least. The President is provided with an aircraft that all America identifies as Air Force One.
Trivia information, for those of you who may enjoy trivia?
According to “General Services Administration” data , the number of limousines in the federal fleet increased from 238 in fiscal 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 412 in 2010. Much of the 73 percent increase —111 of the 174 additional limos — took place in fiscal 2009, more than eight months of which corresponded with Obama’s first year in office.
Presidential Retirement Benefits…
Presidential retirement benefits were non-existent until the enactment of the Former Presidents Act (FPA) in 1958. Since then, Presidential retirement benefits have included a lifetime annual pension, staff and office allowances, travel expenses, Secret Service protection and more.
Former Presidents are offered a taxable lifetime pension equal to the annual rate of basic pay for the heads of executive branch departments, like the Cabinet Secretaries. This amount is set annually by Congress and is currently (in 2009) $193,400 per year. The pension starts the minute the President officially leaves office at noon on Inauguration Day. Widows of former Presidents are provided with a $20,000 annual lifetime pension and mailing privileges, unless they choose to waive their right to the pension.
In 1974, the Justice Department ruled that Presidents who resign from office before their official terms of office expire are entitled to the same lifetime pension and benefits extended to other former Presidents. However, Presidents who are removed from office due to “impeachment” forfeit all benefits.
For the first 7 months, beginning one month before the January 20 inauguration, former Presidents get transition funding the help them transition back into private life. Granted under the Presidential Transition Act, the funds can be used for office space, staff compensation, communications services, and printing and postage associated with the transition. The amount provided is determined by Congress.
Staff and Office Allowances
Six months after a President leaves office, he or she gets funds for an office staff. During the first 30 months after the leaving office, the former President gets a maximum of $150,000 per year for this purpose. Thereafter, the Former Presidents Act stipulates that the aggregate rates of staff compensation for a former President cannot exceed $96,000 annually. Any additional staff costs must be paid for personally by the former President.
Former Presidents are compensated for office space and office supplies at any location in the United States. Funds for former Presidents’ office space and equipment are authorized annually by Congress as part of the budget for the General Services Administration (GSA).
Under a law enacted in 1968, the GSA makes funds available to former Presidents and no more than two of his or her staff members for travel and related expenses. To be compensated, the travel must be related to the former President’s status as an official representative of the United States government. In other words, travel for pleasure is not compensated. The GSA determines all appropriate costs for travel.
Secret Service Protection
Former Presidents who entered office before January 1, 1997 and their spouses get Secret Service protection for life, unless they choose to decline it. Surviving spouses of former Presidents get secret service protection until they remarry. (18 U.S.C. 3056 – Powers, authorities, and duties of United States Secret Service.)
Former Presidents who entered office after January 1, 1997 and their spouses get Secret Service protection for a maximum of 10 years. A spouse’s 10-year protection ends upon divorce, remarriage, or the death of the former President. In the event of the death of a serving President, the spouse gets Secret Service protection for one year. In addition, the Secretary of Homeland Security can authorize temporary protection at any time. (18 U.S.C. 3056)
Protection for a former President’s children is available to them until the age of 16 or for a period not to exceed 10 years, whichever occurs first. (18 U.S.C. 3056)
In addition, the Presidential Threat Protection Act of 2000, granted the Secret Service additional authority to investigate threats against former Presidents and their families.
The Secret Service also provides protective services to the Vice President, (or other individuals next in order of succession to the Office of the President), the President-elect and Vice President-elect, and the immediate families of the those individuals.
Former Presidents and their spouses, widows, and minor children are entitled to treatment in military hospitals. Former Presidents and their dependants also have the option of enrolling in private health insurance plans at their own expense.
Former Presidents are traditionally granted State funerals with military honors. Details of the funeral are based on the wishes of the former President’s family. (Source, About.com)
Editorial: Although I respect the Office of the President of the United Statesas much as any American citizen, I cannot in good conscience testify that I respect the individual currently holding the office as I am a fiscal conservative that believes in personal responsibility, and Government responsibility. A commodity, “at least in my considered opinion,” that is sorely lacking in the Obama administration. Ideology may serve those with their heads in a cloud?
Albeit, for the rank-and-file, gainfully employed, taxpaying, “common sense” American citizen with a mortgage and children to put through college, liberal ideology is about as useful as an umbrella in a hurricane.
According to Webster: i·de·ol·o·gy, 1. The body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, a group, a class, or a culture. 2. A set of doctrines or beliefs that form the basis of a political, economic, or other system.
Barack Obama is an idealist…
According to Webster: i·de·al·ist, 1. One whose conduct is influenced by ideals that often conflict with practical considerations. 2. One who is unrealistic and impractical; a visionary.
I am a pragmatist…
According to Webster: prag·ma·tism, 1. A movement consisting of varying but associated theories, and distinguished by the doctrine that the meaning of an idea or a proposition lies in its observable practical consequences. 2. A practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching or assessing situations or of solving problems.
Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow