The Obamas have agreed that 54 Christmas trees be placed at the White House. That's right: 54 trees! And all of them are large, highly decorated and lavishly presented. Apparently, for President Obama, there is no fiscal cliff or austerity.
And it's not just the ostentatious displays at the White House. Last year, taxpayers doled out $1.4 billion to pay for the Obamas' travel, eating and entertainment expenses. This includes the small army of security guards and Secret Service agents who accompany them on junkets. By comparison, the total cost shouldered last year by British taxpayers for entertaining, flying and protecting the Royal Family was $57 million. A drop in the bucket compared to what we pay for the Obamas' lavish lifestyle. It costs more to subsidize the Obamas' vigorous traveling schedule than all of Europe's royal households combined.
We are going broke. Mr. Obama has been running up $1 trillion-plus deficits. Yet, if the nation is to sacrifice, it should start at the top. The Obamas can do without the caviar, expensive French wines and three-week vacations at luxurious beachfront resorts in Hawaii. Mr. Obama is like a modern-day Nero. He fiddles--or rather, parties--as America burns.