How PETTY!!! Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Kate, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm
With hundreds of school children and other tourists headed for Washington, DC for spring break, the Obama administration just cancelled tours of the White House due to 'budget cuts'. How patriotic!! HOW RIDICULOUS!! How PETTY!!
May I suggest, Mr. President, that you ground Air Force One; and if you want to go on a vacation or chat with your constituents or smooze at Facebook or Google, or get out of the snow and come to California, go to nearby Camp David and use the phone or use Skype or other modern communications - and build snowmen. Not fly something that reportedly costs $100K a hour or more to fly. Ground all the Congressmen-and women who now take 'fact finding trips' to interesting places around the globe with spouses. Use modern communications. Cancel all the expensive parties at the White House. And PS: Why did we just give Egypt mega $$$ ??
Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm
First of all, after 9/11 the tours were cancelled for years. Now they run a very limited number of tours - a fraction of what it once was. In other words, it won't be missed by most DC tourists anyway.
Posted by Perspective, a resident of the Greater Miranda neighborhood, on Mar 6, 2013 at 7:19 am
Anything to make us feel the pain and fall to our knees to beg for more government.
Don't fall for it, folks. There were many, many decreases in the rise of spending that could have been made that nobody would even notice. Never forget, even with this sequester, we will STILL spend more this year than last year. There is no excuse at all for cutting where it hurts us, except petty vindictiveness. Somehow, prior Presidents managed to shut down "invisible" functions of govt, and specifically exclude any that actually hurt anyone.
But not this one. Hmmm...And that pretty much sums up our President.
BTW, did you know the White House is specifically EXCLUDED from the Sequester, including those who manage the WH tours? Ask yourself WHY the tours were cut...
Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Mar 8, 2013 at 9:07 am
This is just about the most ridiculous post I've ever "skimmed" ... the idea that President Obama thinks he could send a message to America by temporarily ending tours of the White House is absurd. How many people go on tours of the White House or even care about tours of the White House? Not many, and probably none of them would get the idea that this was President Obama's idea. Republicans must be sure to miss the forest for the trees ... the real problem here is GOP wanting to destroy any piece of government that does not profit them of their small elite.
Posted by Perspective, a resident of the Greater Miranda neighborhood, on Mar 9, 2013 at 6:20 am
Eaton: For the millionth time, tax "subsidies" mean taking less from people who earn it. It is not "petty" to reward the work and business that we need in USA with taking less of the fruits of their labor or risk.
If you want fewer workers, or less work per worker, or less research and development in medicines, procedures, energy production, or less investment in businesses or real estate, then tax it more. The more you tax a behavior, the less you get of it. Why do you think increasing taxes on cigarettes lowers cigarette smoking rate? Same thing.
Posted by Eaton, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Mar 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm
"tax "subsidies" mean taking less from people who earn it."
How does that apply to the tax breaks we give to Big Oil?
It's the most profitable industry in the history of civilization, yet we see years where Exxon pays NO FEDERAL TAXES!!! "Between 2008 and 2010, a dozen major US corporations—including General Electric, ExxonMobil, and Verizon—paid a negative tax rate, despite collectively recording $171 billion in pretax US profits, according to an analysis by Citizens for Tax Justice."
Nice try. Isn't it time for Big Oil to pay their fair share, rather than give them corporate welfare by way of OUR tax dollars?
Even Mitt Romney and his mini-me, what's his name, thought so. Their plan was to revamp the code to get rid of the tax breaks riddled in our tax code.