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Tuesday
Mar052013

Texas Rep Introduces Amendment To Suspend Obama Golf Trips

Nicholas Ballasy reports that Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert has introduced an amendment to a Continuing Resolution that would not provide the White House with any taxpayer funds to transport President Barack Obama to and from any golf course as long as White House public tours were not being offered due to budget cuts.

“None of the funds made available by a division of this act may be used to transport the president to or from a golf course until public tours of the White House resume,” the amendment reads.

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Reader Comments (42)

Isn't it great to know we have elected officials like this looking out for us?......Unreal.
03.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOl Harv
i'd like to issue an amendment to the Continuing Resolution that both houses of congress be supplied only with prison-grade toilet paper in their restrooms, both public and private. this will reduce costs and introduce a little bit of reality, however temporary, into their lives.

returning to golf: absurd - but so much of the sequester issue is theater of the absurd.
03.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTed Ray's Pipe
our country is being run by these morons, people!
03.5.2013 | Unregistered Commentergreg c
Yes, the country is being run by these morons. Even more sad is the fact that "we" elected them and thus we get what we wanted and deserve. I hate politics when governance is what these morons are supposed to be doing. That's all for now from the world of sanity, back to your televisions all. Good night..
03.5.2013 | Unregistered Commenterthebigdad
As a displaced native Texan, East Texas (where this idiot is from) is a whole 'nother part of the Lone Star State. At some point in the next few years they may wake up to the fact that it isn't the 1800's any more. Or not. Beautiful part of the state, however, but a little reactionary back there.
03.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
I wish POTUS BHO would call this blowhards bluff and hand deliver the check.
03.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
What, nothing about Obama scaring the living crap out of working folks that have no clue what's going on in Disneyland.....I mean the hill.....because we are cutting 2 percent of money we havent spent yet.......Gee bye the way, we are still spending a butt load more than we did last year......Anyone with a business would be fricking dancing in the streets if they had to cut this little.......

PEOPLE.....
Everyone loves a political joke until a joke is elected.
03.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
Yes, East Texas! Beautiful to look at. And a lot like the swath of human geography that extends farther east until it hits the ocean. These are "my people" but goddammit they need to grow up. Sounds like poor Louie now has one fewer synapse than neuron, and it seemed he was down into single digits of the latter. But golfers like single digits!

"Gee bye the way, we are still spending a butt load more than we did last year" Um, no. Still way too high, but decreasing from an absurd peak:
http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43907
And since we are on Sequester Day +5 things are really looking up, or down, as the case may be.
03.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
The absurdity of his request proves he is appealing to ignorant gobbers who hear the word golf and equate the words with rich/elitist/not like me. A few more words from this bozo and the link to socialism, communism, unamerican activities and the current stealth Manchurian candidate would be complete.

The previous president spent more time on vacation than any President in my memory. The complaints I heard voiced at the time was that the President seemed to be out to lunch permanently, not only on vacation. I do not remember elected officals demanding reimbursement for travel back and forth to Texas for the numerous Presidential vacations.

I guess the reality based community realizes the President is on the job 24/7 and accepts the costs associated with travel even if we do not like the President's policies. The reality based community does not make up travel costs 100x actual costs when the President makes a trip to India. When you BELIEVE in a means to an end, faith based reality can make any lie valid and elevate crap like these statements above its rightful place.
03.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephenP
StephenP . . . "Means to an end" ?

Didn't you just describe the motto of the new Harmon Project?

Does seem odd, at a time when you're wrongly preaching that the financial sky is falling due to your political foes, and when you have full access to a nice course at Camp David, you instead do a "fantasy camp" in S. Fla. At best, it's political tone-deafness, but he seems to equate "winning an election" with "being right."

At least George W, for all the varied faults he's rightly called to task for, went to Texas and chopped brush (and maybe an armadillo or two).
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWillie
Busy polishing the door knob while the building's on fire
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Morris
I got nuthin'.
Gomer Pyle is not only one iron short of a set -- his bag is composed entirely of wedges.
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
I notice he didn't care about golf trips when either Bush was in office. What an amazing coincidence.
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Blade
RickAbq,

Love it when the right is called reactionary when it's the left that hangs on dearly to a dying economic model.
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad S
Actually, the dying model (or undead, zombie model) is Late Monopoly Finance Capitalism in which FIRE (look it up) has replaced the real economy as the only significant locus of profit (I use the term loosely) for the MOTU. Both the current "Left" and current "Right" are completely enthralled and busily pumping up the next bubble. What used to be a C-M-C and then an M-C-M' economy has become largely an M-M' economy. Actual production of anything with use value (C, ~commodity) is secondary to "money to me made." Works for the 1%, who are now quite immune to what is mistakenly viewed as the normal business cycle. Not so much for the rest of us.
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Which idea is more stupid; Gomer calling for a horrible golfer to quit spending our money flying to courses, or the White House suspending tours that use no additional government resources?
I go with BO's decision.

Imagine if the Dems controlled the WH and it was Shrub curtailing the tours and then playing golf. (Forget the fact that Shrub is actually a pretty good golfer).
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesse Pinkman
NOTHING TO DO WITH GOLF PEOPLE!! this has nothing to do with people hating the fact that obama plays golf. can people get this through their tiny skulls. this back and forth about how much golf is played is completely pointless.

low information morons that are blaming congress for wasting their time are completely missing the point. you're showing the low level of your thinking.

this bill has been introduced to show how ridiculous obama has been trying to pin everything that is wrong on the GOP. he's cutting tours of the white house, which are led by volunteers, and placing the blame on the sequester. the bill is about showing the hypocrisy of obama. how can he explain cutting something as petty as white house tours and then use taxpayer money on golf trips.

no republican is ever going to care how much golf obama plays if he actually does a little governing instead of running around the country campaigning against all that is wrong as if he has played no part in anything. obama was given the option by gop to sign a bill that would give him complete control on what was cut. we have a ton of waste. instead, he wanted people to suffer so that he could blame the gop for a bill he created. he overplayed the suffering in attempt to scare americans.

but somehow, the media is going to spin this as the gop is ignoring real problems instead of what it is, obama's lack of ability to solve problems rather than place blame. at what point is obama held accountable for anything?

its pretty sad to see how many of obama's sheep can't make it any deeper into a news story than a msnbc headline or soundbite and believe whatever the white house led media feeds you.
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAaron
Discussing political events is most certainly outside the scope of this blog. Better to focus on Rory's personal life.

But a couple of issues: Bush II stopped playing golf early in his Presidency out of respect for the soldiers overseas risking their lives. I personally thought it was wrong at the time - to equate a leisure activity or hobby with slovenly or disrespectful behavior- so I don't begrudge BHO his rounds of golf. Nor his basketball or bicycle riding on Martha's vineyard or his wife's ski vacations. Or his Secretary of Defense taking our Gulfstream to California every weekend.

We the people hired these folks to do a job and we employers (citizens) should expect to pay them what they are worth.
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie
Charlie,
RE: <<We the people hired these folks to do a job and we employers (citizens) should expect to pay them what they are worth>>

Agree with you on this. Unfortunately though, I think that would require the furloughing of the entire government... <g>

Seriously though, perhaps the good citizens of America should ponder the possibility of a movement to withhold the paying of their taxes this April until the government (Administrative and Legislative) goes back to doing its job. After all, we're getting pretty close to the revolutionary concept this country's independence was founded upon: taxation without representation.
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
Aaron, the press will spin it that way because that's what it shows. Also, if you think that the only cost associated with the WH Tour is volunteers, then you clearly have never been on one. Capitol tours are intern led, but WH house tours utilize secret service in every room are a discretionary cost of the White House and, therefore, subject to sequestration. Now, where is your digging deeper into a news story or do you just repeat pablum from Fox?
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGoose
Ky

Just wondering how close you live to Jekyll Island?
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad S
@Brad: Not so close now, but when I was a kid I could see it from the end of my street. Do you ask because you want to meet and play golf on one of the Dick Wilson/Joe Lee/Walter Travis courses or because Jekyll Island is where the Creature from the Black Lagoon, aka Federal Reserve, was hatched according to several accounts? ;-)
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Brad S -

As a native son of Longview, Texas (shown right on that screen with Rep. Gohmert) I feel that most of the people I know back there would be extremely happy and proud to be called reactionary. To them, it's a feature, not a bug!
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Ky -

That quote on being able to see Jekyll Island from the end of your street is way, way, way too close to a former half-term governor of Alaska to not attribute to her!
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Rick, I almost wrote, "to paraphrase the former half-term governor of the great State of Alaska..." Or something like that. LOL.

Aaron: There is no production, for the most part. That is not how it works anymore; money is made from moving it around instead of using it for something productive. And that is the problem no one seems to want to recognize. It doesn't fit in the neoclassical scheme so it doesn't exist. Kind of like how neoclassical economics fails to recognize that there is no Planet B.
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
@ Aaron, if you are "pretty effing sure [you] understand that" then why would you make the point that "he's cutting tours of the white house, which are led by volunteers, and placing the blame on the sequester"? The explanation is simple because the blame is on sequester. You're either being obtuse or setting up false strawmen to try and prove your point. Either way, you're wrong.
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGoose
@ Aaron:

Forgive me if I have difficulty accepting an economics analysis from anyone who spells "laze-fare." What is it, a french cab? Don't give me the grammar-nazi label for a term that you should have seen written in a book at least once before you are able to espouse theories about it. What next, the "laugher curve" and your theories about taxation and revenue?
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGoose
KLG,

You sly fellow. That little 9 hole Travis deal is a gem. Would of loved to see pictures of what the old Ross course looked like. I believe a nice match could be in the cards. I'm about a hours drive south of Brunswick. There's a great public Ross track, Hyde Park, about 5 minutes from my place as well. (Unless you prefer my office, where you can contemplate the merits and demerits of the only course of its kind, designed jointly by World Golf Hall of Fame members Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus! Damn, I sound just like the brochure.)
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad S
@Aaron, actually, my comeback was that your whole point about sequester was wrong, and it is the basis for cutting tours. That would make Gohmert's bill asinine, and there is no effort needed by the media to spin it that way. In fact, your marked inability (or refusal) to address that comeback is quite telling. Are you going to address it?

The laissez-faire observation was just funny (but also quite telling).
03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGoose
The simple fact of the matter is that Obama is wrong to shut down WH tours. You don't need Faux Knews to figure that out.
Gomer was effective in pointing this out. Like I said before, imagine if Shrub had shut down WH tours 2 weeks before Eastern.
03.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesse Pinkman
Aaron-

I just want to point out that I am neither a GOP or a DEM, and barely an INDY.

The source of the list of stats I pasted I could have found from several different medias and sources, from both sides of the bench, but sadly they all share *the same truth*.

For you to come to any sort of defense of the obscene disporportianate(sp) balance of wealth by spewing forth a bunch of crap is just insuting, to all of us, and, unless you are making in the 10's of millions, to yourself.

You wannabe rich people who cannot see that the GOP really IS a bunch of racially charged old white farts is just sad. And don't misread me; the DEmocrats are not any better in their want to make AMerica a better place for everyone --- that is ---everyone.

And to you GOP members who are good Americans, I apologize for my terrible generalization about the GOP- but the party as we know it now was simply founded by white flight, and is continued to be fueled by the same white flight that turned generations of Southern Democratic families in to Republicans when LBJ did the right thing in the 60's, and sadly then did the wrong thing by listening to the warmongers who got us embroiled in VietNam.

I know I have pissed everyone off by now, so, Hello, I must be going.

Bacjk to the point-take anyones factual look at money distribution in America, and any amount of soap box stances, on working hard, and all...when you cannot even get a good job without having to have a good credit report, a report given out by 3 crooked companies who will not correct simple errors, shit---

A lot of people who WANT to do the right thing are not even afforded the opportunity to do anything, and then they get called names....

Sorry, but this has just turned in to a rant, and I apologize t those who tried to follow along.

I'm putting myself in time out.
+1 to ya, Dave!
03.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
According to the Secret Service (who tell the President what to do, not the other way around), cutting out the White House tours will save $74,000 a week, about $2,000,000 this year. Which is the point. Right? All while minimizing furloughs or layoffs. Sounds like a pretty good choice under the circumstances.

Brad: I plan to set up a new KLG email address to replace the one that was hacked last year. Watch for it ;-)
according to abc:
ABC News reports this evening that the White House is saving $18,000 per week by cancelling tours:

"Republicans accuse the White House of playing politics," reports ABC. "But the White House says it is canceling the tours because sequester spending cuts have sliced $84 million out of the Secret Service's $1.6 billion budget. And they are the ones who secure the tours. They wouldn't say how much this saves, so, we did some math. Tours are open 20 hours a week and use 30 uniformed Secret Service officers at about $30 an hour. Total saved? Approximately $18,000 a week."

Which secret service report are you citing?
03.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesse Pinkman
NBC News. Consider the source. ABC, NBC...But the point is to save money, right?
http://firstread.nbcnews.com/
03.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
The president is simply trying to create anger among the electorate and to blame the lower house leadership. It would be better if he cut tours back back by 10%, not suspend them. I am an independent.
03.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesse Pinkman
@Jessie, KLG's numbers are also reflected in a CNN report citing information supplied by the Secret Service. I assume the Secret Service has a better sense of the numbers involved than ABC speculation. Additionally, the cuts are applied to budget accounts. Would you rather cut WH tours or core function?
03.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGoose

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