Full Disclosure: I disagree with the populist baiters on the Left and the Right who malign business-owners and corporations, executives and boards who allegedly are “using our tax-payer dollars” to “wine and dine” their “rich clients” after having taken bailout money (or, for that matter, after having the temerity to bring in a profit in this atmosphere). These red meat arguments (along with the private-jet-to-Congressional-hearings meme) are pure drivel and miss the point of how a business actually runs. They’re built on class-envy and have basically no grounding in anything other than jealousy and getting yours, and they’ve been perpetrated by a media (from MSNBC on the Left all the way to FOX on the Right) more interested in “gotcha” than in explaining anything in their news. Whew. That said,
President Obama, cheered on by his minions in the press, has been railing against corporate excess since before he even took office. These rich folk, he’d have us believe, are living high on the hog, gilding the lily at our expense. Well, guess whose salary, room-and-board, and all entertainment expenses literally are at our expense, and guess how he’s been living.
Without a hint of irony or embarrassment, the AP passes this wire story today about how “Obama kicks up White House entertaining”. There’s too much good stuff in here about how the Obamas are throwing parties every week, along with an elaborate Super Bowl shindig to quote, and it only takes a minute to read, so follow the link if you’d like the details. And again, my purpose here is not to criticize the president for throwing parties. It’s just very disingenuous for him to attack Corporate America as sanctimoniously as he has (see Dan’s post from earlier today) about “responsibility” while he throws his own soirees literally on our dime. Kind of like how we can’t have our thermostats at 70 degrees, while he can raise hot-house flowers in the Oval Office.
And where’s the press? Read through the AP article and try to find any criticism. This is the same press, by the way, who mocked Bush for all his “vacation” time. Again, not to give quarter to those arguments, which were completely baseless and ridiculous. But do you think the press has suddenly discovered how valuable the president’s time is all of a sudden and is therefore willing to give them all the benefit of the doubt? You know, no more silly arguments about how the president is spending so much leisure time? Don’t hold your breath.
-ColoradoPatriot (Nick) from HQ