Published: Tuesday, March 19 2013 7:00 p.m. MDT
The law required cuts across the board in every department. Congress voted on
this. Congress approved it. Congress had the option to stop it. Congress
didn't. The president, contrary to popular belief, is not an autocrat. He
didn't do this on his own. Congress is responsible for sequestration. The
president suggested it, Congress chose to do it. Of all the cuts to
worry about, White House tours is the least of all to be concerned about.
Utahns are terrified to have the president address their children at school
about the value of education, but are outraged that the same children now
won't be able to go in his home? The White House ceased to be the
people's house decades ago when we were required to go through a series of
background checks and security checks just to attend the Easter Egg Roll, let
alone tour the Executive Mansion. If anyone really wants to see
the White House, look online. There are ample pictures, descriptions and
histories that provide a more in-depth tour than you'll ever get being
confined to a large group being herded by throngs of Secret Service agents.
Have you ever toured the White House? Absolutely boring.
I'm a lot more worried about furloughs for Air-Traffic Controllers.
The GOP logic seems to go that congress controls the purse string but the
president is the fall guy when they screw it up.
Show me the money. Any one who has bout a house has payed interest that 3 times
or more the cost of the house. a savings account is the same thing backwards.
All the taxes that is paid goes into an account from the time taxes started. the
interest should be a lot of money, and more every year.
No problem. For a measly $500,000 "donation" you can get a personal
tour of the White House hosted by the President. He really is for the little
One more conservative crying, "Cut spending! Cut spending! Cut
spending!"And then turning about and screaming, "Don't
cut anything the will affect ME!"Hypocrisy, anyone?
I agree with Jan M. Levi that President Obama did not cut enough. I wish that
President Obama would cut the things that effect business at large throughout
the United States.He should close and mothball every national park
and recreation area in America. Close every federal highway to truck traffic
not associated with food or medical. Then tell the republicans and
their conservative backers that this government is for the people and if
business wants to exist in America it has to change it’s oppression of the
Sorry Jan, but Obama didn't personally cut the White House tours. They were
cancelled because the Secret Service had their budget cut due to the sequester
and they could no longer provide the man hours necessary for the supervision and
protection of those tours... You know, you can't just let anyone wander in
to the White House... If you ever decide to turn off the am radio,
maybe you could take the five minutes necessary to look that up before writing a
letter just to spout more useless tea party rhetoric.
Yes, Jan. It really is a bummer that this cut inconvenienced you a little bit.
I realize that all of the cuts should only affect other people and not you.
When the secret service's budget was cut, I guess they should have just
taken agents away from protecting the president and put them on White House
To "Whatever" and "Claudio" unfortunately you missed the
comments by Jay Carney. It was the White House that cancelled the tours. The
White House policies and decisions are ultimately the President's call.
See "Oops: Carney Contradicts Obama, Now Claims White House Did Cancel
Tours" at the Blaze, complete with video of Jay Carney stating that it was
the White House that cancelled the tours that cost them nothing.
To Redshirt1701“The White House,” Carney continued,
“cancelled the tours, confronted with the choice made by the Secret
Service – which we concur with – but it is certainly their choice
because it’s their budget.”So the White House made the
decision to cut the tours based on the recommendation of the Secret Service who
informed them that they no longer have the budget to do so... Your point is?
This letter is still just a worthless tea party jab that means nothing... And
your choice of the blaze as an actual news source speaks volumes.
To "Whatever" so now you twist things around.Lets recap how
things went down.SS says it costs $75000 for tours. The White House
(President Obama) makes the decision to cancel the tours.Again, it
was the President's decision to cancel the tour, the SS did not make that
decision.The fact that you excuse the president in this matter
Redshirt, it's fairly simple.The SS tells the White House that
they don't have the budget to supply agents for the tours, so then the
White House doesn't really have much of a choice but to cancel the tours...
Why are you not getting this? Is this too hard to grasp? This is
just another example of how the tea party tries anything without regard to logic
or facts or evidence to try and smear the President for something he had nothing
to do with. Just because glenn beck comes up with some wild conspiracy in his
mind, it doesn't make it true...
Redshirt,Claiming "Whatever" twisted things around when your
own spin was clearly pointed out in the previous post is the height of
hypocrisy. That too, speaks volumes.
To "Whatever" but your version of things is not what the facts
reflect.So far this is what the press has found out."Absurd: Obama Cancels Self-Guided White House Tours" Breitbart found
that there is no budgetary reason to cancel the tours. Their $13 million budget
was cut by $650,000, which is not significant.The reasoning for
cutting the WH tours is insane. The SS has a $1.6 billion budget and had to cut
$84 million. So they had a 5.2% cut in their budget and this is the best they
could do? If the President cut out a few weeks of golf, the agency would be
able to cover the cost of the tours.Again, this was a presidential
decision that your ilk will dismiss because King Obama said so.
So does anyone here really think this same person would not be complaining that
"king Obama is waisting 75,000 a week on tours of his castle" if the
White House would not have canceled the tours?
Okay, let's reinstate the tours. And then listen as the usual conservative
Obama haters here go to work blaming him for spending too much money.When dealing with fans of hate radio, there is absolutely no way anyone can
please them unless they follow their demands to the letter. And even then,
it's doubtful that would do it.
How many of you commenting have even been on a White House tour?Underwheming, i would say. I think we saw only 2-4 rooms. There is so much to
see and do in D.C., the White House tour was not/is not in anyway, the highlight
of a visit to D.C. Iv'e been to D.C. several times and the White House is
way down on the list of things i would recommend. Republicans are
ridiculous. They talk out of both sides of their mouths. When Obama reduced
Medicare costs by cutting the Medicare Advantage program Republicans resorted to
fearmongering. When the SS decides to cut White House tours its a big deal.
To "Phranc" it isn't Obama's castle. It is a government
building of historical significance. The tours that cost $75,000 are for the
general public. That is a good thing. It is the $500,000 ticket price for the
meetings with Obama that are shameful.
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