The Hypocrisy of Wealth

obamanationconstitutionMoney, money, money it’s a rich man’s world – or so go the lyrics to Abba’s song.  The love of Money is the root of evil can be read in the Holy Scripture and Money Makes The World Go Round is from the musical Cabaret. I like money; I like it a lot actually–to spend, to give, and save.  It is necessary for purchasing and receiving goods and services.   Although old-fashioned bartering has seen a substantial increase recently across the nation, in 2013, we’re not likely going to find too many people trading goods for other goods at the grocery store:  “Yes, Mr. Grocery man, I would like to work on your vehicle in exchange for my groceries, or clean the floors in the store…”

Due to the reckless spending of our government, people have employed strategies to ensure they have enough money to pay their bills.  Some folks have endeavored to find part-time work in addition to their full-time job – that is if they have a full-time job.  People with civil service jobs lost one day per week for six weeks due to the sequestering (or furlough) as the White House deemed it necessary to scale back the already increasing federal budget.

Yes, people everywhere are cutting back—that is, everyone in America other than the folks in Washington.

Aside from Obama’s infamous vacations, including this year’s outlandishly expensive African tour, what about the rest of the government’s expenses?  It’s common practice with some entities to “use it or lose it” when it comes to the end of the fiscal year and money is left in particular financial accounts.  However, when the Department of Defense is wasting my money on frivolous fun items such as playground sets (who will be using these items?) and new televisions just to drain the budget so the money doesn’t go back into the general fund.  The government should be ashamed and made to return the money to the original source. I personally know of many married couples who lost a minimum of a couple of thousand dollars per month due to the furlough, having lost one day each week of work, and yet these individuals in DC are squandering millions of taxpayers dollars on useless items.

How about not spending the excess and put it back in the budget so the $759 billion annual deficit and the almost $17 trillion national debt can be decreased (albeit minimally).  Instead, our illustrious Obama relishes in using scare tactics to put his plans into place.  He was so thoughtful and considerate to our veterans stating that the “sequester puts their benefits in jeopardy” for next year.

(Just a reminder–who wanted the sequester?  Obama.   Why?  In my opinion, he is on a power trip, and one has to wonder, what could possibly be next?)

One of Obama’s more recent threats is to shut down the government if he doesn’t get full funding for Obamacare.  Well, shut it down then!  Stop funding our enemies and taking extravagant vacations–those two expenses alone would help balance the budget.

Regarding our enemies, the total sent to Syria has reached more than one billion dollars.  By the way, where is this money coming from?  We owe China boatloads—so doesn’t this mean we are borrowing money to provide aid to people who hate us?  (And is China okay with this?)

Then there are all those posh, ultra-expensive, elitist vacations, including the current one, with the Obama family in Martha’s Vineyard for yet another ten days “to rest”.  First of all, who gets multiple 10+-day vacations in the “real” world, and what is he doing that is so “strenuous” that he feels the need to vacation every month at my expense?  This includes taking outlandish trips on my Air Force One to appear on television talk shows and to meet with Democrat fundraisers to the tune of $1.8 million dollars per trip.  (And if he does feel the need to appear on national television, shouldn’t the man know that Jacksonville, FL, Savanna, GA, and Charleston, SC are not on the Gulf Coast, but on the Atlantic Coast?)

It is completely preposterous and selfish for a “leader” to blatantly flaunt his expensive habits in the face of people who are hurting financially, many jobless and homeless.  Obama needs to be held accountable and we, the taxpayers, should demand immediate action to stop this frivolous spending of our money.

Barbara Cook

Barbara J. Cook (Cookie) is enjoying living in the panhandle of Florida educating special needs children in a middle school (ask her about it sometime!). In order to de-stress, Barbara runs, reads, and writes, and yes, she cooks too: (that's another reason she runs!) She lives with her Mr. Cookie and chickens, dogs, cats and various others. Growing up in Europe as a child and spending several years as a military wife, Cookie learned to appreciate and respect diversity in people choosing to live by the phrase, agree to disagree. What is important to Cookie is family, faith, and fun. Cookie is involved in PolitiChicks because she says 'if we don't, who will?' Visit her website at: and

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