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Letter: 'Junket' to Tanzania sets bad example

11:21 PM, Jun. 18, 2013  |  Comments

The President and entire family are going to Tanzania! Can a "junket" costing $60 million to $100 million be justified in light of all of the sequestration cuts to budgeted line items like airports, the military, school aid, border patrol and who knows what else?

The source of this news indicated the cost for this junket includes hundreds of Secret Service agents to protect the first family; this is similar to other vacation trips. It also includes 14 limos, truckloads of bulletproof glass for their hotel room windows, plus transport costs. The Navy is moving a carrier ship offshore for their medical needs and military protection; special snipers to protect Michelle and the children on their African safari.

A national news network reported that the government spends up to $20 million per year advertising entitlement programs, one of which is free cell phones. What are the free cell phones costing? Who has authorized this and if in the budget that is responsible for that? Is the intention of the current administration here to get more Americans dependent on the government? And again why this in the light of the hurt from sequestration?

What kind of example does this give to all governments with budget issues and folks who are struggling to make personal ends meet? Shame on the administration and the President and his family.

Dave Diederich

Belton, S.C.

formerly of Sheboygan

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