Trillion dollar deficits and $35,000.00 a week vacations?

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Trillion dollar deficits and $35,000.00 a week vacations?

Please help me understand this:

Martha's Vineyard, where they will stay at a private 28-acre estate that rents for $35,000 a week

Is this setting a good leadership example? I'm not advocating the guy sleep at Motel 6 but surely there had to have been a more economic solution.

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Re: Trillion dollar deficits and $35,000.00 a week ...

Hi Davos,

The same leadership example that berates auto execuives for flying in executive jets and then orders 8 - sorry, an ADDITIONAL 8 - for their own future use (was it $550bn, I don't remember the exact number?).

DavidC

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Re: Trillion dollar deficits and $35,000.00 a week ...

The problem is, we no longer have leaders.  We have skilled political front men, deceivers, and manipulators.  Could you ever imagine most of our modern so-called leaders behaving like a King Leonidas? 

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Re: Trillion dollar deficits and $35,000.00 a week ...

Davos, I agree completely.  This is a huge PR mistake at the very least, and a display of total disconnectedness with the people.  Reminds me of Bush senior not knowing the price of milk or what the bar scanner thing was for at the check-out line.  He should have gone somewhere like the Everglades in Missouri - heartland, swing state, a place most people can relate to.

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Re: Trillion dollar deficits and $35,000.00 a week ...

We should all be delighted to only pay $35,000 / week to keep Obama out of the whitehouse.

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Re: Trillion dollar deficits and $35,000.00 a week ...

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We should all be delighted to only pay $35,000 / week to keep Obama out of the whitehouse.

LMAO!

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Re: Trillion dollar deficits and $35,000.00 a week ...

Farmer Brown wrote:

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We should all be delighted to only pay $35,000 / week to keep Obama out of the whitehouse.

LMAO!

LMAO! Now that I think about it with him on vacation and Congress out things may not get to jacked up for a few weeks.

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Re: Trillion dollar deficits and $35,000.00 a week ...

Seven years ago, Barack Obama was a young state senator in Illinois.  Objectively, his chances of being elected president  a mere six years later appeared nonexistent. Some presidents have ascended to office from the states -- Carter, Reagan, Clinton and Bush II come to mind. But all had extensive experience serving as governor, the top state executive, beforehand.

From Obama's miraculous, odds-defying ascent, I conclude that he was recruited for the position by a powerful group of elite sponsors. They lined up the critical early exposure on prime-time TV at the Democratic convention, and the steady swell of media buzz which followed. A longstanding staple of political wisdom -- that the Democratic party could only win the presidency with a southern white male candidate -- was overturned in the process.  Some extremely sophisticated demographic and opinion research -- far beyond the capabilities of a mere state senator from Illinois -- went into this game-changing political watershed.

An especially piquant aspect of the Obama phenomenon concerns the issue of race. National statistics show that minorities tend to have lower levels of education, income and wealth than the population as a whole. Many draw the logical inference that African-Americans, if not working class themselves, likely have family and friends who are.

In Barack Obama's case, such assumptions would be completely false. His mother and her parents were solidly upper middle class. His Kenyan father, who obtained a PhD degree in the U.S., was obviously a very atypical Kenyan. Yet in his successful election campaign, Barack Obama surely benefitted from a kind of backhanded, positive ethnic stereotype that 'black people are inherently sympathetic to working people's concerns.' In jujitsu fashion, this quasi-positive ethnic bias was leveraged to devastating effect in a national political contest.

The only problem is, it wasn't true. Barack Obama has never held a blue-collar, hands-dirty job in his life, and probably doesn't even know anyone who has. He's a Harvard-trained lawyer, a scion of elite privilege. As a recruited candidate, he is owned by his sponsors. Let's just hope they are nice folks, without a sinister misanthropic streak.  Because he's working for them, not for the voters who propelled him into office. Sorry.

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machinehead said:

As a recruited candidate, he is owned by his sponsors. Let's just hope they are nice folks, without a sinister misanthropic streak.  Because he's working for them, not for the voters who propelled him into office. Sorry.

I think you're right on target.  Obama was groomed for the presidency by the Trilateral Commission.  Zbigniew Brzezinski, co-founder of the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller, was Obama's principal foreign policy advisor. 

Patrick Wood, said in an article "For anyone who doubts the Commission's continuing influence on Obama, consider that he has already appointed no less than nine members of the Commission to top-level and key positions in his Administration.

According to official Trilateral Commission membership lists, there are only 87 members from the United States (the other 337 members are from other regions). Thus, in less than two weeks since his inauguration, Obama's appointments encompass more than 10% of Commission's entire U.S. membership."

1- Secretary of Treasury, Tim Geithner
2- Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice
3- National Security Advisor, Thomas Donilon
4- Chairman, Economic Recovery Committee, Paul Volker
5- Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis C. Blair

6- Assistant Secretary of State, Asia & Pacific, Kurt M. Campbell
7- Deputy Secretary of State, James Steinberg
8- State Department, Special Envoy, Richard Haass
9- State Department, Special Envoy, Dennis Ross
10- State Department, Special Envoy, Richard Holbrooke

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