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Today’s Obama Campaign Trip: Thanks for Paying

by Keith Koffler on April 10, 2012, 10:22 am

Presidential trips devoted to politics but largely paid for by taxpayers usually have at least the veneer of an official purpose, with an actual policy event cynically thrown in so that the president can say he’s doing the people’s business.

Other presidents have done the same thing, though none to quite the extent this one has. With an official event in the mix, the campaign pays some, but taxpayers pick up most of it.

But today’s trip to Florida, which will be billed largely to you and me, is so nakedly and completely political that I have to laugh – laugh all the way to the bank to withdraw funds to pay my taxes so Obama can proceed with his plans.

Obama gives Warren Buffett an award for paying less than his secretary in taxes. Photo by Keith Koffler

First of all, Obama is going to Florida. FLORIDA. Ring a bell? Hanging chads? Most important presidential swing state in the country.

Second of all, he will be attending THREE FUNDRAISERS. He’s headed to the beaches on the southeastern coast. Not Miami, he already cleaned out Miami during a previous trip. Boca, West Palm, and Hollywood.

And the official event? THE BUFFETT RULE.

The Buffett Rule, as you probably know, is the proposal to make rich people pay a minimum tax. This has nothing to do with policy. It’s the lynchpin of Obama’s campaign class warfare strategy.

The Buffett rule will do almost nothing to help the deficit – and that’s before the wealthy call up their accountants and instruct them to find new ways to hide their money.

It’s a pure effort to gin up Obama’s troops against the rich while casting Mitt Romney as one of the very wealthy who need to pay more in taxes.

The White House says it’s also about “fairness,” which their code word for class warfare.

Not to mention that those earning over $1 million pay on average about 29 percent on their federal taxes compared to  15 percent for those making between $50,000 and $75,000. The top ten percent of households pay about 70 percent federal income taxes while 50 percent of Americans pay at most zero taxes and majority of those – 30 percent of all Americans – ACTUALLY MAKE MONEY from the tax system through various credits.

The White House Monday arranged a phone call for reporters with Obama’s top economic advisers to make believe this is a serious economic proposal.

During the call White House National Economic Council Deputy Director Jason Furman pretended the Buffet Rule was a serious first step toward tax reform. As if Obama actually had a tax reform proposal. And as if the Buffett Rule would ever pass.

How deeply disingenuous. One reporter snarkily asked if the Buffett Rule should be renamed “The Romney Rule,” after its intended target.

What’s really going on here is that the highly politicized White House economic team, which has given you two percent growth and eight percent unemployment, is participating in Obama’s reelection campaign instead of making serious proposals to fix the economy.

And you’re paying for the travel.

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lcSouthern April 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

More of his usual smoke and mirrors. This administration has perfected the art of shifting focus from real issues to ones they have made up.

Shofar April 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

It’s only going to cost about $600,000 for AF1 to travel to Florida. After all he is going to be speaking to the mush for brains college students at Florida Atlantic University.

Personally, I haven’t met a college student in the lat 20 years that could think for themselves. Most of them vomit out the crap that their ivory ensconced professors spoon feed them. I will say I am proud of the O Team sending him to a college vs. a high school or kindergarten. Guess he needed some adult conversation after the egg roll and being with all the NBA/WNBA players.

Scott S April 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm

It probably costs more in taxpayer $$ for this trip then the whole “Buffett Rule” will “create” in tax revenues.

Just2old April 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

“fairness” = socialism

Shofar April 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

Obama teaches the Buffet rule to kindergarteners – a short dramatic play

Open scene, Obama enters from stage right to sit with a class of kindergarten students.

Obama: Sally, you have three candy bars that your family gave you, correct?
Sally: Yes, Mr. President.
O: Well Sally, you really didn’t earn those candy bars, they were from someone else’s money, right?
S: I guess.
O: Now Sally, there are five other kids in your class, right?
S: (Warily) Yes.
O: And none of the other kids have a candy bar, right.
S: So?
O: Well since you didn’t “earn” the candy, it is only fair that you share the candy with your classmates.
S: (Confused) Huh?
O: It’s only fair that you share your candy.
Billy: Yeah, Sally! Share your candy!
S: Why should I share my candy, my mommy gave it to me as a reward for working hard in school?
O: Yes, you worked hard in school, but there are other kids that don’t have your abilities, and need to be taken care of.
S: But they don’t even try!
S: You shut up Billy, all you do is pick your nose!
O: Children! See Sally, you are making the other kids mad by not sharing, and that makes them jealous, and hurts their feelings.
S: So what am I supposed to do?
O: Well, there are five other students, and you have three candy bars. So the FAIR thing to do is to break the candy bars in half, and give some to each of the other students. Don’t you think that’s fair?
S: Hell no, let them go earn their own. I worked for mine.

Secret Service then grabs candy from Sally, breaks the bars in half and distributes the candy to the other students.
End scene

Just2old April 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

Bravo! Standing O

We’re living Animal Farm

Car in April 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

Secret Service then grabs candy from Sally, breaks the bars in half and distributes the candy to the other students.
End scene

To be truly representative, the Obama would have kept ONE bar for himself, and divided the other two among the kids.

Shofar April 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm


srdem65 April 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

Just as our FirstLady refuses to act “lady-like”, our President hasn’t acted Presidential unless forced to do so by the several events requiring him to make a decision. His campaign for re-election started Jan20, 2009 and hasn’t missed a step since then. Every move, every speech was meant to polarize, demonize his political opponents or to promote his standing in world politics.

He takes advantage of the loophole that allows him to use AF1 as his personal campaign jet so that he can shake down the wealthy. His wife also takes advantage of AF1 to promote herself and her love of the military to further advance her husband’s re-election by shaking down the wealthy at her own fundraisers. It’s how they play the game, work the system

Lizzy April 10, 2012 at 11:16 am

The most shameful two people to ever serve as President and First Lady.
I use those terms lightly because they’ve not done anything remotely
to earn tose titles in fact they have made a mockery of them and only
care about the benefits we are on our own. I still wonder about all the
things they both do we will never know about very bad days ahead.
Will be the dirties and most dangerous election in my lifetime.

Steve April 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Shameful, shameless.

DeniseVB April 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

This is why I’m a fan of the Fair Tax. Taxed on what you spend not what you earn. Gazillionaires will then pay proportionately more.

Oh, and I just read an article that the Obama campaign has spent 150million on primaries where he’s not opposed ? Would love to see a breakdown on that !

Susan April 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

Only way to implement a true Fair Tax is to repeal the 16th Amendment that gives Congress the power to collect taxes on income. We can’t even get these power hungry politicians to pass a balanced budget amendment, so don’t hold too much confidence in them giving up their stranglehold on our treasury.

DeniseVB April 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm

They’d still be collecting taxes, it’s just how we pay them that would change. Even the oft joked about Cain 999 made more sense than what we have now. :D

DeniseVB April 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm
Girly1 April 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

Barry and Mooshelle – the Bonnie and Clyde of politics! The only difference is – Bonnie and Clyde robbed banks!

Star April 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

I can’t believe they are trying to kick this silly pander back to life…I guess in honor of tax season. Hey- Mr President–it cost me a hundred bucks to tell you people I am broke and ruined and don’t owe. At least it’s work for my preparer!

Techie April 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

Keith, does anyone keep track of how many fundraiser trips this president has taken beginning last year? You know, similar to tracking his golf games.
I’d be curious if his numbers are also “unprecedented”.

Shofar April 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm


I’ve been tracking the F/Rs since Jan. 2012. Here is the latest for this month:
I will do a month end wrap and a YTD at the end of April. If you fish through old schedule posts, you can see the totals. To quote Warren Zevon, “Ain’t that pretty at all!”

Susan April 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm

This is nothing more than another organized Democrat campaign ploy. Heard Schmucky Shumer bleating about how the Senate will bring up a vote on the Buffett Rule when they get back from their Easter vacation on the 16th of April. These politicians from both sides of the aisle are having a hard time realizing they no longer control the message. We’re on to them and no amount of blustering and showboating is going to convince us otherwise. Enjoy flying around on AF1 on our dime while you can you narcissistic boob. Thirty weeks from today we Americans will come together as we have done throughout our history and send you and criminal crew packing.

AZ Granny April 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Obama may try to cast Romney as the evil rich but Romney worked hard, finished a dual law and business degree in less time than normal, graduated with honors in the top 5% of his class and eventually started a business that enjoyed great success. His dad was wealthy but Romney gave away his inheritance because he already had enough money.

I don’t mean to sound like a Romney-bot, because I’m not. But what do we know about Obama’s years in school? If he’s supposedly such a brilliant man, why don’t we know his grades or if he was a top student? And the fact that we don’t, isn’t that contrary to his ego/personality? He never started a business, never ran a business and from the looks of America’s deficit, he most likely made a mess of the family budget.

If Romney is the GOP candidate, I hope they’re up to the task. It’s going to be a dirty fight.

Lizzy April 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

He may be able to never have worked a day in his entire life. We will
pay for the Obama’s for the rest of their lives one way or another.

blondie April 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

And I bet Romney has no problems showing his school records.I hope he releases everything,( if he hasn’t already) and then challenges the President to do the same.

Stephen C. April 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm

You can’t release records if you don’t have any.

ol gator April 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

As I’ve said before, from his “bong filled” younger days in Hawaii to his 20 yrs of following “rev” wright (who once was touted as obozo’s spiritual leader ) and continues to teach his ultra racial hatred of the white race,
barry hussein is someone whom we will never “know” until years later.
Hopefully, our Country, by then will have moved on to the point of him
being recognized as the shysters he & wife truly are.
Nothing good has or will come out of this wretched man in the WH.

AZ Granny April 11, 2012 at 1:26 am

Romney needs to play hardball with Obama and force him into a corner, otherwise Obama isn’t going to release anything. Just hope Romney is up for the fight.

new york nick April 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Today’s Obama Campaign Trip: Thanks for Paying /

or for the left, that could also read ‘Today’s Obama Campaign TIP: Thanks for Paying’ ;)

Rick April 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I read that the Obama campaign was having difficulty coming up with a slogan that would “stick”. How about “Bend Over, America”?

Stephen C. April 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Crude but perfect.

Girly1 April 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

The ENTIRE so-called ‘presidency’ of Obama has been nothing more than an expensive DAILY campaign stunt…highly choreographed and chock full of carefully crafted lies wafting thruogh the teleprompter. Not ONE day has passed where the Con-Artist-in-Chief has not appeared on TV at least ONCE per day! Thsi is all FREE campaign propaganda paid for by the LSM and their sponsors. It’s the power of subliminal brain-washing.

When was the last time a sitting President spent all of his time in front of the cameras? I can see No Korea from my window!

Stephen C. April 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Great photo Keith, I notice the grimace on our President’s face and the look of arrogance on Buffy’s. Could it be a the fact a black man is honoring a WHITE MAN for his contributions of $MILLION$ to his causes. OR the fact that some of Buffy’s wealth was achieved due to his ancestors use and abuse of the black man. Still a great photo Keith, a picture is worth a trillion words!