Question: What does the high unemployment in America mean to you?
Why are we, (the collective we) “Americans,” seeing more and more young men and women standing on our streets with cardboard signs pleading for employment?
America is the richest nation on the planet, ..we send billions of dollars, ..yes billions! ..with a capitol “B,” ..to nations all over the globe every year.
Being an “old fart,” ..i.e., (senior citizen) ..that paid into Social Security for forty-six years, ..although my income is diminutive, ..it is backed up by the full force of the United States Government, ..the (OASDI). “Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance,” ..and/or “The original Social Security Act of 1935.”
Accordingly, my income is as secure as Barack Obama’s! Yet my income is provided, (not by the taxpayers,) ..but rather by working men and women who pay into the Social Security fund. Which of course is a great benefit, ..or it was until the Congress of the United States voted to borrow from the Social Security fund in 1968 by attaching the Social Security fund to the general fund.
With the operative word there of course being (borrow).
The Congress didn’t steal “our” money, ..I mean, ..come on, ..stealing is illegal. Think about it, can you imagine anyone in our government stealing from their employer?
I know that I should have followed my question mark with a smiley face, ..however I like to think of my readers as having enough (common sense) ..to understand that I was being facetious.
According to Webster: fa·ce·tious, Playfully jocular; humorous.
What is not playful, jocular or humorous is the destruction that the Obama administration is “ladling” upon America, layer after layer.
According to Webster: la·dle, A long-handled spoon with a deep bowl for serving. — la·dling.
New numbers show that the overall unemployment in the Black, i.e., (African-American) community is at 16.2 percent, while the unemployment rate for Black males (alone) is at 17.5 percent.
According to “onpoint.org,” America’s new overall jobless rate is now at more than nine percent, ..with the African-American community back up to Great Depression levels.
Also according to (onpoint.org) ..In some cities, “black unemployment” is expected to stay in (double digits) for another decade. (Source onpoint.wbur.org)
In the 2008 election (94%) of the black community voted for Barack Obama. Which was approximately 6% of the total vote.
Which of course is not a whole lot and possibly the reason that Barack Obama has ignored his black constituents in favor of the same (white wealthy elites) ..that grease the wheels, ..whether you’re talking politics, ..or commerce?
As I have stated many times in my blather previously; “Impoverished does not automatically equate to ignorance.”
In 2008 Barack Obama was an exciting new toy, ..promising hope and change.
(What disenfranchised individual would not buy into that?)
Whatever the reason? ..it is traditional for colleges and universities to provide their students with an adequate education in a span of four years.
Barack Obama has been schooling (us) ..Americans, ..”We the People” ..as to his agenda for (us) ..We the People” ..for close to that number of years now, ..and, ..(at least in my opinion) ..we, ..”We the People,” ..Americans that believe in and adhere to the Constitution as penned by our forefathers, (at least in my opinion) ..are way past needing any more classes from Prof. Obama.
Universal healthcare to anyone with (common sense) is understood to be beyond the realm of possibility.
Paying off Barack Obama’s nightmarish $16 trillion dollar national debt (within a generation) to anyone with (common sense) is understood to be beyond the realm of possibility.
Especially with “eight” or “nine” percent of the population unemployed.
Numbers, that (at least in my opinion,) will continue to rise on a scale equal to the escalation of our national debt if Barack Obama is elected to a second term.
Question: What makes me think that?
Although I fully understand that it is impolite to answer a question with a question, nevertheless, here is my answer to my own question.
I’ve been paying attention, ..because being retired, ..I have lots of time to pay attention.
According to government statistics, 27 million Americans are now unemployed or underemployed.
Fact; Unemployed people are neither a benefit to society or our economy, ..with one exception.
Michelle Antoinette Obama
Michelle Obama is unemployed, so it is fortunate that she is married to a man who earns $400,000 a year. $400,000 that he is paid annually by the taxpayers of America.
Consequently it is understandable that Michelle Obama would have the capacity to take a vacation now and then…
Above is an image of Michelle Obama enjoying the hospitality of the Hawaiian islands.
Hawaii Reporter research shows the total cost for the President’s visit for taxpayers far exceeded $1.5 million in 2010 – but is even more costly this year because he extended his vacation by three days and the cost for Air Force One travel has jumped since last assessed in 2000.
In addition, Hawaii Reporter was able to obtain more specifics about the executive expenditures.
The total cost (based on what is known) for the 17-day vacation roundtrip vacation to Hawaii for the President, his family and staff has climbed to more than $4 million. Here’s why.
The biggest expense is President Barack Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii via Air Force One, a cost the GAO office estimated at $1 million in the year 2000.
Contacted today, the GAO confirmed there is no report the independent office affiliated with Congress has prepared since 2000 to operate Air Force One and Air Force Two.
However, the U.S. Air Force provides the most current numbers of $181,757 per flight hour.
Travel time for Air Force One direct from Washington D.C. to Hawaii is about 9 hours or $1,635,813 each way for a total of $3,271,622 for the round trip to Hawaii and back.
The cost for USAF C-17 cargo aircraft that transports the Presidential limos, helicopters and other support equipment to Hawaii was not made available.
However, the flight time between Andrews Air Force Base and Hawaii is at about 21.5 hours roundtrip, with estimated operating cost of $12,000 per hour. (Source: GAO report, updated by C-17 crew member).
The United States Marine Corps provides a presidential helicopter, along with pilots and support crews for the test flights, which travel on another C-17 flight. That is $258,000, not including costs for the 4 to 6 member crew’s per diem and hotel.
Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii costs about $63,000 (White House Dossier), but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000.
The President and his family pay for their own beachfront rental (they are not staying in the Winter White House this year but rather a house on the same street further to the ocean point).
The Kailua rentals are fronted by the ocean and backed by a canal. So, the taxpayers must cover the costs for housing U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Coast Guard and Navy Seals in beach front and canal front homes in Kailua.
That costs about $1,200 a day ($200 allocated per bedroom per day). Since security arrives one day early, homes are rented for 18 days.
That is about $21,600 per home for approximately 7 houses rented at a total cost of $151,200 for security to stay nearby.
Moana Surfrider Resort
The President’s staff and White House Press Corps stay at one of Hawaii’s oldest and most elegant hotels, the Moana Surfrider.
Hawaii Reporter confirmed they are again staying there this year. Besides its stunningly beautiful view of Waikiki, and its traditional architecture, it is one of the most pricey hotels in the state.
Government rates are $177 per night, but that only is available during certain times a year.
Rooms typically start at $250 but can cost on average as much as $450 a night, and are even higher during the holidays.
Hotel spokeswoman Marsha Weinert said she could “neither confirm nor deny” the president’s staff is staying there.
View of WaikikiBeach from the Moana Surfrider Hotel.
A conservative estimate with rooms at the government rate of $177 per day (excluding a 9.25 percent Transient Accommodation Tax and a 4.712 percent General Excise Tax on each bill, meals, internet charges and other charges) means the taxpayers are covering more than $72,216 in hotel bills for an estimated 24 staff.
LOCAL TAXPAYER COSTS: $260,000
Local police over time for the president’s visit has historically cost Oahu taxpayers $250,000 but may be more expensive this year with the extended vacation.
The city ambulance accompanies the president 24 hours a day through his entire visit is $10,000, according to city spokeswoman Louise Kim McCoy.
The total cost (based on what is known) for a 17-day round trip vacation to Hawaii for the President and his family and staff and security is an estimated $4,113,038.
Michelle in Spain – 2010
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it obtained documents from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing costs associated with Michelle Obama’s controversial August 2010 vacation to Spain. According to a Judicial Watch analysis, the records indicate a total combined cost of at least $467,585.
Michelle in Aspen
Michelle Obama’s Family Ski Trip to Aspen, Colorado Cost Taxpayers at Least $83 Thousand Say Records Obtained by Judicial Watch.
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained records from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing Michelle Obama’s February 2012 President’s Day weekend ski vacation to Aspen, Colorado, with her two daughters.
Judicial Watch obtained the records pursuant to a May 31, 2012, lawsuit against both government agencies. Among the highlights from the records are:
The total cost for the Aspen ski vacation was at least $83,182.99.
The bill for the U.S. Secret Service, including accommodations at the Fasching Haus deluxe condominium and the Inn at Aspen, was $48,950.38.
The cost for the flight, per official DOD published hourly rates, was $22,583.70.
Food and miscellaneous on-flight items cost $235.44. The cost for rental cars totaled $6,442.23.
Michele at Martha’s Vineyard
Four, ..that’s right, (4) government jets were utilized in the transportation of Michele’s Martha’s Vineyard getaway, all provided by the U.S. taxpayer.
Michelle in Africa
According to; (usbacklash.org) Michelle Obama Has Spent $10 Million Taxpayer Money on Vacations Alone.
Michelle Obama’s taxpayer-subsidised, privileged lifestyle is out of control!
Following in Barack Obama’s footsteps of wasteful spending and corruption, Michelle Obama is doing her best to spend as much of our money as she can before the Obamas get thrown out of the White House on their asses in 2012.
Reports say that, in the past year, Michelle Obama has already spent over $10 million of taxpayer money on her family vacations alone!
The last vacation for Michelle Obama to South Africa reportedly cost the taxpayers $424,142, and doesn’t even include the food, lodging, and ground transportation for the large Obama entourage, and where, for some “unexplained” reason, Obama’s daughter’s, Malia and Sasha were listed as “Senior Staff.”
Question: Is it proper, ..or more importantly, (honest) ..for the Obama’s daughters to be listed as “Senior Staff”?
A better Question: What could be the reasoning behind such a (misguiding) tactic?
Because that’s what I do, ..stupid!
If you’re thinking about voting for this, ..(poor excuse for a human being) ..come November, ..please do yourself, ..and the rest of America a favor and think again… I’ll be back tomorrow