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Massive Obama Travel Bill Remains Secret

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There always have been a few voices raising concerns over wildly lavish travel expenses for the Barack Obama, and sometimes his family, while they are not in residence in the people’s house in Washington; the Washington watchdog Judicial Watch, for example, has watched the dollars fly out since 2009.

And WND reported only months ago on estimates that the family’s African vacation tab was no less than $60 million, and possibly as high as $100 million. For what mostly was a vacation.

There have been reports that the Obamas spent more than $7 million for JUST travel for JUST three trips in late 2012 and early 2013, including more than $4 million to go to a Hawaiian vacation at Christmas, more than $2.1 million for a trip to California and back for Barack Obama to “dine with high-dollar fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg and appear on the ‘Tonight Show’ with Jay Leno” and nearly another $1.2 million for an “Obama family August vacation” to Martha’s Vineyard.”

Just this week there’s a report that Michelle Obama, her girls and her mom have been staying in a suite costing $8,350 per night in China, where a “well-placed hotel staffer” told the MailOnline that the staff is “fed up.”

“We can’t wait for this to be over, to tell you the truth,” the member of the concierge staff told the newspaper. “The first lady is gracious, and the girls are lovely.” But he said Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother, has been “barking at the staff.”

But exact totals for the Obamas’ travel expenses are impossible to obtain because the government, and others, simply decline to release the figures. The White House, for example, notes that security costs for the first family are not going to be released. The Secret Service says it’s figures are secret.

And officials with the Democratic National Committee, who are familiar with the costs because they are supposed to reimburse the government for the campaign use of government airplanes, also have declined to respond to WND requests for information.

Calls for more information

But more and more voices are joining the chorus that is calling for more information, or less spending, or both.

The vacation by Michelle Obama, her mother and her daughters to China, going on right now, has sparked the latest round of questions.

At the White House Dossier, reporter Keith Koffler noted the trip, which is going off without reporters in attendance, and with a dearth of official events for the Obamas.

“First Lady Michelle Obama plans to pack in an exciting week of sightseeing during what is definitely NOT a vacation excursion with her daughters, who are on spring break, and her mother, who likes to go on Michelle’s trips,” he wrote.

“The White House refuses to say how much it will cost you, according to the New York Times. Well, I can reveal it here:

“A lot!!”

He cites the expense of a couple of jets – “one of Michelle and one for her stuff” – which actually cost a couple thousand dollars – per minute of flight time.

In fact, it was revealed last month that Air Force One, which ferries President Obama to and from vacations and fundraisers, costs nearly $230,000 an hour to fly, although some smaller jets used occasionally for his family alone might be less expensive.

The China trip, where sightseeing is the main event most days, “is not a vacation. Please repeat to yourself. This is not a vacation,” Koffler wrote. “I’ll give you a moment.”

One commenter, identified anonymously as gracepmc, noted on the Dossier site, “Swinish excess. Undeserved entitlement. And an embarrassment to the nation. She fools no one. If this is a role model for African American women and families then we have arrived at a sad place.”

It was Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, who during the heat of the 2012 campaign had filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Office over the Obamas’ travel spending.

That followed the president’s multiple fundraiser trips on Air Force One, and his use of a telephone on the jet for fundraising calls.

17 states in 79 days

The National Journal’s George E. Condon Jr. reported at the time, however, “If Priebus hoped to stall the Democratic campaign, there is no sign of Obama tempering his use of Air Force One since Priebus ran to the GAO on April 25. In the 79 days since that complaint, the president has flown to 17 states. In only one of those states – Missouri, where the president gave a high school commencement address in Joplin on May 21 – was there no political flavor to the visit. In the others, fundraisers and openly partisan events dominated the schedule. And the itinerary closely matches the 2012 political map. He has gone to New York four times and three times each to closely contested Ohio and contribution-rich California and Illinois. He also has gone twice each to the politically pivotal states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, and Nevada.”

The voices at MSNBC even warned Michelle Obama should “brace … for the latest round of nit-picking” when she stayed over from another family vacation in Hawaii for a 50th birthday celebration last winter.

“The Washington Times juxtaposed their coverage of Obama’s extra vacation relaxing on the beach – a present from her husband – with the polar vortex gripping much of the nation in sub-zero temperatures,” the report said. “The message seemed clear: this lady’s living it up while you’re bundling up.”

To the critics of the expense of having an extra jet trip to return her to Washington separately from her family, MSNBC said, “ crunched the numbers to determine that the first lady’s airfare could cost taxpayers nearly half a million dollars. While that’s a hefty pricetag for a flight from Hawaii, it’s barely a rounding error in terms of the full federal budget.”

It was In The Capital that reported on concerns about the Obamas’ 2013 Martha’s Vineyard vacation.

“A plethora of Republican lawmakers have already take (sic) a break from their August recess to criticize Obama for a taking (sic) an expensive on-week (sic) vacation while millions of Americans are struggling financially. The president pays for food and souvenirs himself, while it’s the taxpayers that eat the cost of Air Force One and the travel expenses of the Secret Service.”

Judicial Watch reported just the Air Force One costs for the trip were nearly $1.2 million. The Secret Service costs were, well, secret. Nobody asked what souvenirs Obama bought for himself.

A few dollar figures:

The dollar figures that are available have been compiled by Judicial Watch, including $98,135.79 for Obama’s President’s Day 2013 golf trip, $81,523.64 for Michelle Obama’s President’s Day 2013 ski trip, $1,092,844.01 for Michelle Obama’s Africa trip, $115,500.87 for Malia Obama’s spring break in Mexico, $83,182.99 for Michelle Obama’s President’s Day 2012 ski trip, $467,585 for Michelle Obama’s trip to Spain, $467,175 for the Obamas’ Copenhagen Olympic bid, and $11,648.17 for the Obama’s to go to New York City for a date night.

Among the details of the expenses that are known, according to JW:

The 2012-2013 Christmas vacation cost taxpayers – for travel alone – nearly $4.1 million. Those expenses for Obama’s trip to be on the Leno show, $2.1 million, and the Martha’s Vineyard trip, $1.1 million.

“The Obamas are abusing the public trust and the taxpayers with unnecessary luxurious vacations and travel,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton has said. “These staggering costs show why these documents were covered up and we had to sue in federal court to get them. Another transparency fail for the Obama gang.”

The Journal reports that the fees for political trips by Air Force One used to be based on the equivalent of first-class airfare, but starting in 2010, a new Federal Election Commission rule calls for reimbursement of what it would cost to charter a Boeing 737 – on a formula based on the number of travelers.

But the report notes, “The exact numbers are impossible to get.”

However, Judicial Watch has detailed the known costs, such as a trip to Spain, which was $434,000 for travel alone.

A court action was filed to determine whether there was “any indication of official business conducted by Mrs. Obama while she was in the country.”

The lavish travel hasn’t always been only by the Obamas. WND reported numerous times on then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s commuting in an Air Force jet to her California home.

At one point it was documented that she cost taxpayers $101,000 for in-flight food and alcohol over a period in 2008 and 2009. At one point she instructed the Air Force to provide chocolate-covered strawberries for a snack, since it was her birthday.

Dark chocolate preferred

“Dark chocolate preferred” was the order.Obama-money2

And The Daily Mail in the United Kingdom has highlighted the $10 million in public money Michelle Obama has spent on her “vacations.”

That report said the family vacation in Hawaii over Christmas 2011 cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Among some of the categories that made up the estimated more than $4.1 million for the family vacation were: $3.2 million in flight time to carry the Obamas back and forth, a Marine contingent for security at $258,000, $21,600 for each of seven houses rented for 18 days for security officers to be housed, another hotel bill for $72,000, overtime for local police of $250,000 and others.

Sasha and Malia Obama even have been listed as “Senior Staff” when they travel at taxpayer expense. That happened on the family’s African safari.

In a WND assessment of Obama’s travel spending on a few months back, it was uncovered that the Obamas scheduled nearly 4,000 “room-nights” for their stop in Johannesburg and another $2 million for car rentals there.

The report noted when information has been available, the administration has provided information on an inconsistent basis.

In some cases, federal entities such as the State Department, which arranges the logistics of executive branch travel, have thwarted efforts to discover more about the government’s accommodations, transportation and related expenses.

Indeed, WND has been waiting more than a year and a half for the State Department to reveal details of a mysterious stay at the super-luxurious Hotel Hessischer Hof in Frankfurt, Germany.

Although State on Nov. 17, 2011, had uploaded to the FedBizOpps database a contract awarded to the hotel for $52,000, it released no details explaining the contract. State acknowledged receiving the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request, but otherwise has remained silent on the matter.

It remains unclear who may have stayed at the luxury hotel, as the award date is not necessarily indicative of when the government actually used the facility.

Vice President Joseph Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, and Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, traveled to Frankfurt just months prior to the notice. However, there is no record of where they stayed as they cheered for Team USA during the Women’s World Cup Final.


What crystal ball says about 2014 election

Perfect storm of unpopular president, Senate map show Democrats on defense
The perfect storm of an unpopular president and a Senate map showing Democrats playing defense in the most competitive states suggests Republicans may be on the verge of reclaiming the majority in the upper chamber for the first time in eight years.

According to the latest Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball summary from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, Democrats hold the 10 Senate seats most likely to switch parties in 2014.

Democrats currently hold 55 seats to the GOP’s 45. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to wrest control from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Crystal Ball suggests four seats are significantly tilting toward the Republicans.

The one lock is in South Dakota, where Democrat Sen Tim Johnson is retiring. Former GOP Gov. Mike Rounds is expected to win the seat easily. Three other Democratic seats are said to be leaning Republican. Democrat Jay Rockefeller is retiring in West Virginia, and Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is considered a solid favorite.

Two incumbent Democrats are also said to be in big trouble. New Montana Sen. John Walsh is facing a stiff challenge from freshman Rep. Steve Daines, and Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor is bracing for an uphill fight against Rep. Tom Cotton.

If Republicans were to win all four of those seats without losing any they currently hold, they would have 49 of the 51 seats they need to regain the majority. The good news for the GOP is the next six seats considered most likely to flip are also held by Democrats. The bad news is that three are considered toss-ups and the other three still lean Democratic.

Three incumbents – Kay Hagan, D-N.C.; Mark Begich, D-Alaska; and Mary Landrieu, D-La. – are fighting for their political lives in the toss-up races. Open seats in Michigan and Iowa still tilt Democratic, as does Sen. Mark Udall’s race in Colorado.

Since the most recent projection was issued, former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., launched an exploratory committee toward a likely Senate bid against New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. If he runs, the 11 most vulnerable seats would be held by Democrats.

So are Republicans poised for a midterm rout, or do these projections show the party still has a lot of work to do to get to 51 members in the Senate?

“They’ve got a considerable amount of work to do. One of the important things that Republicans are going to have to focus on is primaries in a number of states. Republicans have nominated some poor Senate candidates over the past couple of cycles, candidates that probably prevented them from winning seats that they otherwise should have won,” said Crystal Ball Managing Editor Kyle Kondik.

Kondik said key GOP primaries to watch include North Carolina and Iowa, as well as the crowded primary for an open GOP-held seat in Georgia.

Republicans are clearly hoping to make many of these races a referendum on Obamacare. Kondik said the party may need a little more “oomph” than just that one issue.

“It seems like the Affordable Care Act may already be baked into the cake in terms of the president’s approval and the standing of these various candidates,” he said. “In order to get across the finish line, Republicans may have to roll out some sort of new legislative initiative or come up with some other issues to hammer upon.”

Still, he said the political realities suggest the GOP has a real shot at the majority.

“It’s really good to be the party that doesn’t hold the White House in a midterm year. That factor in and of itself, plus the fact that President Obama’s not particularly popular, those two things together tell us the Republicans should do well. You almost don’t need to know anything more than that,” said Kondik, who noted the Senate map is another asset but not a guarantee of success.

“Actually turning those into pickups for Republicans (is no guarantee). There’s only one, South Dakota, that I think is really rock solid at this point. The potential is there, but there’s also the potential that Republicans could just fritter it away,” he said.

A really big year for the GOP could see several tight races turn into a national wave. Kondik said there are certain indicators to look for late in the campaign if a nationwide surge is in the works.

“I would look to see if the president’s approval rating is getting worse. I would also look at the generic House poll. It’s a poll asked in national surveys as to whether people want a Democrat or a Republican in their local House race,” said Kondik, noting that Democrats have a small lead in those polls, but they don’t tell the full story.

“Generally speaking, the poll has a built-in Democratic bias. When you look at it, you can subtract a few points from the Democratic total and add it to the Republican. If Republicans have even a small lead in that metric, I think it would be an indication there’s a big sentiment behind Republicans to control Congress,” he said.

In total, 14 of the 16 most vulnerable seats are held by Democrats. The two GOP seats to watch are in Georgia and Kentucky. Kondik believes Republicans are likely to hold both but he said the Georgia seat could largely hinge upon who emerges from a tough Republican primary. In Kentucky, he said Republican leader Mitch McConnell appears to be cruising to the GOP nomination but faces a tough general election campaign against Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Kondik said Democrats have a track record of doing well in state legislative races and even in gubernatorial elections. Nonetheless, he expects McConnell to survive for one main reason.

“In federal races in a state where President Obama’s approval is probably somewhere in the low 30s, it’s just really hard to see how a Democrat could win a Senate race in that kind of environment,” he said. “So even if Mitch McConnell is unpopular, at the end of the day I think it seems likely that a lot of people who may not even like him decide to vote for him because they want to vote for a Republican in their Senate race.”


Judge Napolitano: Impeachment the only way to stop Obama’s executive actions

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While speaking with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, Judge Andrew Napolitano said impeachment is the only way to stop President Obama from ruling by executive fiat, Newsmax reported Thursday.

“The president is doing the opposite of what he was elected to do,” he said. “At some point he is totally frustrating what Congress has written.”

He also told Cavuto that when Obama takes unilateral action, picking and choosing what laws — or portions of laws — to enforce, he is actually telling people how to avoid the law.

The president has unilaterally delayed portions of Obamacare without going through Congress, and he has taken other executive actions on issues like the minimum wage, gun control and immigration.

Although some Republicans have threatened impeachment, Napolitano said that as a whole, neither Congress nor the American people have the guts to see it through. Another problem is the current makeup of the Senate. Even if Obama were impeached by the House, a Senate controlled by Democrats would never vote to convict or remove him from office.

Napolitano had an explanation for that as well.

“There’s sort or a cult around him in the Democratic Party that he’s ‘our guy’ and he can do whatever he wants,” the former New Jersey Superior Court judge said.

Talk show host Rush Limbaugh also weighed in on the issue, telling his audience Wednesday the “lawlessness” of the Obama administration “knows no bounds.”

“There’s nothing stopping this man from doing anything,” Limbaugh said. “If he wants to raise marginal tax rates, he can just do it. Nobody’s gonna stop him.”

“Here is the latest,” Limbaugh added. “As you know, the Regime recently delayed the implementation of the employer mandate for three years, until 2016. This means that employers who have a hundred or less employees will be subject to the mandate.”

But the change ordered by the president includes a clause specifically designed to prevent employers from firing people because of Obamacare, essentially turning staffing decisions into potential crimes.

“So what the Obama Regime has done, is said firms and businesses are going to be required to certify to the IRS — under penalty of perjury — that Obamacare was not a motivating factor in their staffing decisions,” Limbaugh said.

“I mean, this is absolutely lawless. It is against the law,” Limbaugh added.

Recently, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., sued the Obama administration over NSA surveillance of telephone calls, but Napolitano said that a lawsuit over the president’s executive actions could be tossed out of court, explaining that a judge would tell a member of Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings.

But, he added, that won’t happen.

Moreover, there’s no guarantee Obama would obey any order handed down in court.

As we reported in February 2011, the Obama administration was found in contempt of court for refusing to obey a judge’s order lifting a drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill.

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