Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Pimp that Ride: Obama Edition

Hey, we are in a recession/slow recovery/double dip recession/depression/crapfest economy. Many people are having to keep their older cars longer and make the most with less. However, not if you are in the federal government. Here is the story:
Limousines, the very symbol of wealth and excess, are usually the domain of corporate executives and the rich. But the number of limos owned by Uncle Sam increased by 73 percent during the first two years of the Obama administration, according to an analysis of records by iWatch News.

Most of the increase was recorded in Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

Guess Madam Hillary needs some new rides or something. The administration tries to defend this:
Obama administration officials said most of the increase reflects an enhanced effort to protect diplomats and other government officials in a dangerous world. But a watchdog group says the abundance of limos sends the wrong message in the midst of a budget crisis. The increase in limos comes to light on the heels of an executive order from President Obama last week that charges agencies to increase the fuel efficiency of their fleets.

According to General Services Administration data , the number of limousines in the federal fleet increased from 238 in fiscal 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 412 in 2010. Much of the 73 percent increase—111 of the 174 additional limos—took place in fiscal 2009, more than eight months of which corresponded with Obama’s first year in office.

This is just typical of the Louis the XVI/Marie Antoinette attitude of the Obamas. Hey, you have to work 173 straight days without a day off? Obama gets a vacation every 3 weeks, it seems like. Anyone know where I can find some good arugula? Disgusting!