Paying your fair share

See you suckers in three weeks!

Going to Hawaii this Christmas? Well the Obummer family is (Michele and the girls have already left for the sun, trailing carbon emissions from a flight of seven jets) and it’s costing us – not them, us – $4 million. At that price, the only folks who can afford to head down there to protest this profligacy are those idle Occupy kids, and that’s only if their parents fork over the dough.

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  1. Riverslide

    Love the stairway to heaven photo. The order of ascension probably mirrors the power structure in that family.

  2. Anonymous2

    While the Obamas are particularly notorious for their greed and tone deafness when it comes to squandering taxpayer dollars there’s plenty of guilt to go around in both parties in this regard.

    Lost in all this is that in America politicians are supposed to serve, not rule. Regardless of party affiliation public servants are just that: servants. And in the civilized world at least the hired help do not gallivant around the world in fleets of jet airplanes and fifty car motorcades.

  3. Peg

    From son David Eisenhower’s book about his father, the president, when he left office:

    “In the late afternoon of Inauguration Day, January 20, 1961, Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower drove north to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in the 1955 Chrysler Imperial that Mamie had purchased for Ike on his sixty-fifth birthday. The outgoing President and First Lady, their personal servants, Sergeant John Moaney and Rosie Woods, and chauffeur, Leonard Dry, sat together in the roomy car. There was an eerie loneliness about the absence of motorcycle escorts and caravans of Secret Service and press cars. A single Secret Service vehicle with driver and agent led the Chrysler. When the Eisenhowers approached the entrance to their Gettysburg farm, the Secret Service honked the horn and made a U-turn, heading back to Washington.”

    I agree with anon2 that this sense of truly being a public servant was non-denominational. My guess is Truman would have been astounded at the sense of entitlement and outrageous use of tax dollars by modern presidents.

    I will say, however, that unfortunately, this president has taken it to new heights. And please note; I do not begrudge him nor his family any of the Secret Service detail nor any protection that they need. I understand that there are haters out there who, more than usual, would love to murder this president.

    Still. The lack of sensibility of how so many are suffering today, and his tone deafness about partying, vacationing, golfing and not watching the public’s dime stands out.

  4. Libertarian Advocate

    @Anonymous2:

    Lost in all this is that in America politicians are supposed to serve, not rule. Seems its principally lost on the average American voter, but that should come as no surprise given that far more people watch stunningly idiotic unreality programming – take your pick – than watch presidential debates.

    The only rational conclusion: we get what we deserve.

  5. tiredofthesmugness

    Hmmm…did you ever criticize the Bush clan’s vacation expenses? Also, your continued insistence on referring to the President as “Obummer” is both childish and disrespectful. Like him or not, he is the President of our country, and your “Obummer” name-calling is something one would expect from an 10 year old on the playground, not an adult.

  6. greenwich dude

    definitely some new voices taking shots this week so far on fwiw!

    g’wich dude also doesn’t bother criticizing the prez’ travel / family travel arrangements

    my guess is most of this is driven by the secret service & military rather than potus – ya gotta be plugged in to serious hardware at all times now because you CAN be plugged in to serious hardware at all times now. ergo $4m jet trips.

  7. Libertarian Advocate

    @ tiredofthesmugness: In your opinion, what’s more smug?

    Nancy Pelosi’s: We’ll have to pass the bill to see what’s in it

    or,

    Chris Fountain’s: Obummer

  8. Cobra

    tiredofthesmugness…How about “Obozo” or “Obawanker?” Or “Loser?” Any better than “Obummer?” What ever the monicker, the lizard is a snollygoster in the extreme.

  9. Anonymous

    purple lips

  10. Walt

    Dude –
    We need a president who inspires hope. Especially in difficult times. Who leads by example. Who puts the country ahead of politics. Who unites us, rather than divides us. Who takes action, takes responsibility, and doesn’t blame others.
    How do you spend 17 days on vacation, at this cost, with what is going on today? People are hurting. It just shows he really does not care about us, he is above it all, and let them eat cake. It is a frigging disgrace.
    If I was President, I would stay in the White House, send the wife away, and get some cheap hookers and some blow. On my dime, not the taxpayers!!
    The staff would be home for the Holidays, the family would be happy, and I would be relieving some stress with the bimbo’s. Win, Win, Win.
    Why can’t Barry figure this out?
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  11. Anonymous2

    I resent the notion from tiredofthesmugness that just because a politician becomes president I am supposed to respect them. Presidents are, after all, mere politicians. Some may earn my respect, others do not. I do not consider this man to be respectable.

  12. Libertarian Advocate

    Walt: Why can’t Barry figure this out?

    Reflect on the substance of Riverslide’s comment above.

  13. Peg

    Walt for President.

    Don’t know why I didn’t thin of it earlier!

  14. tiredofthesmugness

    Cobra,
    Sad to see that you, too, believe that making up juvenile names for the President is a worthwhile way to express your political beliefs. Even though George Bush was an incompetent (at best) president, I did not need to call him playground-style names to let others know I disagreed with him. Like the author of this blog, stooping to such immaturity does nothing to advance your arguments — it simply highlights a lack of credible ideas (just like the frustrated kid on the playground, driven to shouting “oh, yeah?? well YOU’RE a poopyhead!”).
    As Samuel Johnson said, “When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency.”

  15. Libertarian Advocate

    T.O.T.S., you wrote As Samuel Johnson said, “When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency.”

    Perhaps you should preach this to your side of the aisle, rather than ours. I’ve heard “Cunti” for “Condi” Rice (stunningly insulting by any standard); “Hitler” for a host of various Republican Presidents and “Terrorists” for fiscal conservatives straight from the mouth of the current vice-President. Your side would be well advised to follow Voltaire’s’ admonition to first cultivate your own gardens.

  16. Cobra

    tiredofthesmugness…As Anonymous2 commented, just because an individual chooses to be a politician doesn’t translate to citizens having to slavishly respect him/her. Respect Chris Dodd, second-generation politician crook? How about Barney Frank? Rod Blagojevich? Do you respect those sleaze balls? And Charles Rangel…another of your respected role models? Last I heard, our elected officials are supposed to serve the citizens, not the other way around. Politicians must earn respect…it’s not a perk of elected office. Let’s not forget Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or the late Kim Jong Il . More “politicians” on your auto-idolation list?

  17. tiredofthesmugness

    Cobra and Libertarian Advocate,
    We do agree: politicians need to earn our respect. But, even if you do not respect someone, isn’t it in our interest as a society to behave in a civil and polite manner? If your best method of showing that you do not respect someone is immature name-calling, go for it. However, if you want people who disagree with you to treat your opinions and ideas as serious, there are more effective approaches. Nowhere do I suggest “auto-idolation” or agreement with dictators, or agreement with name-calling from any part of the political spectrum.

  18. NoPo Native

    Dear Tiredofthesmugness:

    You know the primary motivation for this website is to discuss real estate in Greenwich, CT. So, why are so many other topics discussed? Because, this is Chris Fountain’s website and he posts what amuses him. It amuses him to give silly names to individuals he likes to denigrate. He calls his own business partner “Fudrucker”. The leader of the town government in Greenwich is name “Peter Tesei” (I don’t know how that is pronounced). But, there was a time, when Chris had an issue with him that he was being called “Peter Pussy” on this site. Chris is actually a published author and he tries to be funny. Sometimes, he doesn’t succeed in amusing many more than himself and has to explain his own jokes.

    This reminds me of when people used to complain about the “boob tube”: the quality of programs on television and the classic answer was: “Tell me more about your one channel television with no off button!”

    If you find the content on this site so objectionable, no one is forcing you to come here and read it. Chill!

  19. AJ

    Tiredofthesmugness does not get it. W. was the worst president ever until he was supplanted by Obummer, the next worst president ever. If people had posted for Obummer the same chimp comparison photos that had pervaded tne Internet for W., people like you would go balistic. If Obummers campaign promises were a written business contract, he would surely be sitting in jail for perpetrating one of the worst frauds in American history. It’s not just that the two parties are opposite sides of the same coin; it’s more like they’re both the same pile of stinking feces. Think of the Republicrats and the Democans as two teams of middle management competing in fierce rivalry to move up the ladder to do the bosses same evil bidding. It’s a sham, a game of divide and conquer. There is no doubt that America has been divided to the point of almost complete nonfunctionality, and if everyone doesn’t wake up soon by the end of 2012 it will almost surely be conquered. “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” –Cicero