Mike Huckabee News
Mar 07 2013
President Obama claims to have the most transparent White House ever. And that’s good, because if you want to know what's inside it, you’ll need to be able to see through the walls.As part of the sequestration spending cuts, public tours of the White House have been canceled. This is called the “Firemen First” tactic: instead of cutting waste, cut things the public will notice, like fire protection or access to parks and landmarks. Then they’ll clamor for an end to spending cuts. But this time, it might not work so well. Does anyone seriously believe that cutting spending from $3.8 trillion to $3.799 trillion means we can’t afford a few tour guides’ salaries? Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert introduced an amendment to block spending any more public funds on Obama’s golf outings, like his million-dollar weekend with Tiger Woods, until the White House tours resume. It’s funny, but not likely to pass. But I have a solution I’m sure the President would approve of: just charge people $500,000 to visit the White House. Hey, he’s approved it before.
Speaking of spending priorities, the Tea Party Patriots also have a suggestion: instead of spending $50 million on new uniforms for TSA security guards this year, let them wear the same uniforms until 2014. Each TSA agent gets a $446 a year allowance to buy new uniforms. A Marine Corps combat lieutenant gets a one-time, lifetime uniform allowance of just $400. And I daresay their uniforms take a lot more wear and tear.
Another way to save a little money: instead of going ahead with the White House’s plans to either leave $36 billion worth of trucks, aircraft, armored vehicles and other military hardware in Afghanistan, or else destroy it before we leave, we could spend $5.7 billion to move it. After all, as the late Sen. Everett Dirksen once said about Washington spending, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon, you’re talking real money.”
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