Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Likable Form of Government Waste

A college professor emails:
I think I have found a form of government waste and abuse that I not only approve of, but of which I want more!!

According to the Government Accountability Institute, during the 1,532 days from President Obama's inauguration in 2009 to March 31, 2013, the "commander-in-chief" spent 474.4 hours in meetings relating to economic policy issues and 976 hours either playing golf or on vacation.

Last night, on "Fox," Sean Hannity was "shocked" that at a time of economic sluggishness and high unemployment the president of the United States should busy himself spending double the amount of time on the golf course or on vacation than on economic policy issues while the economy is in distress.

Given that every time Obama turns his attention to economic policy he proposes or tries to implement something worse than his last idea -- Obamacare, raising taxes, $9 an hour minimum wages, more regulation on business, etc., etc. -- I would love it if he would waste even more of his tax-funded salary with more hours "goofing off," and less time meddling with the market and people's personal and voluntary affairs.

In fact, if he were to promise to "do nothing" and just golf and vacation 365 days a year for the remainder of his term, I'd be willing as a taxpayer to even agree to give him a 20 percent salary increase; no, make it 100 percent.

That would be cheap if in return he'd leave us alone.

So as a taxpayer and a libertarian, I'm willing to help fund Obama being a "welfare bum" for the next three and a half years.

This is one instance in which I'll be happy to give "something" for "nothing."


  1. Another example of the ambiguity in government statistics. Golf is a great time to have fun, but it can also provide a window for discussing economic issues, and deal with ethics. Away from microphones. Hope the golf gods are listening.

  2. Isn't there a website somewhere we can establish this as a worthy cause to contribute to? I am so in.