These are the people who will lecture us about income inequality

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It’s been reported that Barack Obama is going focus on income inequality in his SOTU speech:

President Obama will try to pump some vitality into a lackluster second term on Tuesday when he delivers his State of the Union address.

The address will include a “healthy dose” of the income inequality message the White House has focused on in recent weeks, according to one senior administration official familiar with the text.

Naturally, Obama’s proposals will place the burden smack on the shoulders of small business:

The president, who has yet to add to the big legislative accomplishments of his first term, will call for raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour and extending federal unemployment benefits that expired last month.

Gratefully, a majority of Americans have awakened to the fact that Obama is incompetent:

A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday found that a majority of Americans — 53 percent — did not believe the Obama administration was competent at running the government.

Income inequality has gotten worse under Barack Obama:

In other words, income inequality has become more pronounced since the Bush administration, not less.

“Rich people have pulled away, largely because the top 1 percent has been doing quite well — and disproportionately doing quite well under President Obama,” Brooks said. “Remember that the stock market has doubled in value since President Obama took office, and at least 80 percent of those gains have gone to the top 10 percent of the income distribution.”

James Carville has observed that Obama has been a great President for Wall St. For the working guy, not so much.

So let’s have a look at those who are going to hammer us about income inequality.

Barack and Michelle Obama: Net worth $12 million. 160 rounds of golf. Spent $100,000 of taxpayer money for Marie Antoinette’s his wife’s Hawaiian adventure. The taxpayers of Hawaii have to cough up $350,000 for the extra security:

KAILUA, Hawaii — During her recent visit to Maui and the home of close family friend Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama was escorted by Maui police.

The tab for that protection? $54,233.70, said a spokesman for the Maui Police Department.

That’s a drop in the bucket, though:

Honolulu police protected the first family while they spent some 15 days during the holidays in Kailua, Oahu.

Michelle Yu, spokeswoman for the Honolulu Police Department, said Thursday the department spent $293,731.99 for overtime only, an expense that excludes normal salary pay.

Neither county police department will seek federal reimbursement for those expenses, putting the burden on local taxpayers.

In 2008, when the Obamas first visited Oahu during the holidays, the City and County of Honolulu sought reimbursement, but were never repaid. Now the county budgets for the president’s annual holiday visit.

The Obama Hawaiian vacation costs more than $4 million total for travel, staffing, security, housing, car rentals and transportation of vehicles and a helicopter.

Michelle Obama’s extended vacation on the island of Maui, which the president said was an early birthday present for her, also entailed the cost for Secret Servicetravel, rental cars and accommodations, as well as transportation.

White House Spokesman Jay Carney acknowledged in a news conference just after the First Lady flew to Maui that taxpayers are picking up some of the cost of her trip and travel back to Washington D.C., but would not disclose the details.

But they deserve it.

And that still wasn’t enough. A big bash at the White House with all the 1%ers was also a necessity.

The event was closed to the press, and the White House did not release a guest list or any other details. But two guests spoke to the Tribune on condition of anonymity, describing a bash at which a deejay kept people on the dance floor in the East Room until after 3 a.m. Washington time.

VIP guests, according to sources, included political luminaries Bill and Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, national security adviser Susan Rice, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Democratic National Committee official Donna Brazile.

Other high-profile guests included Sir Paul McCartney, Magic Johnson, Chicago-born actress/singer Jennifer Hudson, singer Janelle Monae, actor Kal Penn, TV personality Al Roker, actress Ashley Judd, tennis great Billie Jean King, retired Olympic figure-skater Michelle Kwan and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, the sources said.

Jonathan Karl asked Jay Carney who paid for the party:

White House chief spokesman Jay Carney deflected a reporter’s question asking who paid for the first lady’s 50th birthday bash at Wednesday’s press briefing.

“The first lady had her 50th birthday party and I believe you said that the president picks up the cost for that party?” asked ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl.

“I think we put out information on that,” Carney said. “I don’t have it here. I refer you to the East Wing.” The White House’s East Wing includes the office space for the first lady and her staff.

“I was just wondering if you have an estimate on what the cost was?” Karl prodded.

“I don’t, but I would refer you to the East Wing,” Carney said, putting an end to this line of questioning.

Acting on Carney’s statement, “I think we put out information on that,” White House “Statements & Releases” going back two weeks make no mention of who’s footing the bill for the first lady’s celebration.

You know who paid for this extravagance. We did.

Marie Antoinette Obama’s costly indulgences are nothing new:

President Obama spent President’s Day weekend, Feb. 15-18, golfing in West Palm Beach, Fla., while the first lady and the girls enjoyed a ski trip to Aspen, Colorado, as did Biden.

Taxpayers picked up a tab which totaled $295,437.04 for the personal vacations, according to U.S. Secret Service records from the Department of Homeland Security obtained by Judicial Watch.A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch June 21, 2013, against the U.S. Secret Service found this in the billing records:

* Transportation and lodging costs for the president’s trip totaled $98,135.79. This includes $32,406.50 for the flights, $16,466.25 for rental cars, and $48,490 for hotel rooms.

* The vacation costs for first lady Michelle Obama totaled $81,523.64, including $13,221.30 in flights, $3,925 in rental cars, and $64,377.34 in lodging.

* The expenses for Vice President Biden’s weekend in Aspen totaled $115,777.61, including $5,315 in flights, $92,596 in accommodations, and $17,866.61 in rental cars.

Remember that African safari in 2011?

The United States Air Force documents show that during the six-day trip the first lady and her entourage spent $668.702.01, including hotel and lodging costs of $430,614.18. The trip included a private family safari at a South African game reserve, according to Judicial Watch.

An additional $424,142 was billed to taxpayers for the cost of the flight and crew, according to earlier documents obtained by Judicial Watch, bringing the total cost to more than $1 million.

The Obama daughters were listed as “senior staff” so their expenses could be heaped on the US taxpayer.

And that Spain trip?

But while most of the country is pinching pennies and downsizing summer sojourns – or forgoing them altogether – the Obamas don’t seem to be heeding their own advice. While many of us are struggling, the First Lady is spending the next few days in a five-star hotel on the chic Costa del Sol in southern Spain with 40 of her “closest friends.” According to CNN, the group is expected to occupy 60 to 70 rooms, more than a third of the lodgings at the 160-room resort. Not exactly what one would call cutting back in troubled times.

Reports are calling the lodgings of Obama’s Spanish fiesta, the Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, “luxurious,” “posh” and “a millionaires’ playground.” Estimated room rate per night? Up to a staggering $2,500. Method of transportation? Air Force Two.

To be clear, what the Obamas do with their money is one thing; what they do with ours is another. Transporting and housing the estimated 70 Secret Service agents who will flank the material girl will cost the taxpayers a pretty penny.

Perhaps it could be that the Obamas, who seem to fancy themselves more along the lines of international celebrities than actual leaders, espouse a different view of sacrifice. When Michelle Obama accompanied her husband to Copenhagen along with best buddy Oprah Winfrey, she billed the trip – an ultimately unsuccessful bid to bring the Olympics to Chicago – as follows: “As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the President to come for these few days, so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home.”

A quick jaunt to Denmark is a sacrifice? What portraits in courage!

The Obama’s are just like us:

Incredibly, the Obamas have long portrayed themselves as precisely such commoners. Just this month, Obama told ABC the First Couple is “not that far removed from what most Americans are going through.” And that “it was just a few years ago that we had high credit card balances, we had two kids, thinking about college. We had our own retirement accounts, wondering if we were going to be able to get enough assets in there.”

But you know better:

Instead, Michelle Obama seems more like a modern-day Marie Antoinette – the French queen who spent extravagantly on clothes and jewels without a thought for her subjects’ plight – than an average mother of two. While she’s spent her time in the White House telling parents they should relieve their chubby kids’ dependency on sugar and stressing the importance of an organic veggie garden, hopping a jet to Europe to meet with Spanish royalty isn’t the visual the White House probably wants to project. Perhaps they’ve forgotten the damning image of John Kerry, on the eve of the 2004 election, windsurfing off the coast of Nantucket?

Maybe this is what Michelle meant when she said that the America was “downright mean.”

Nothing says you care about income inequality than partying with Beyoncé and Jay Z at $40,000 a plate, complete with a champagne tower worth $280,000. This really helps reduce the gap between the Obama wealthy and the rest of us. At the time Obama had this to say:

“We’re on the brink of an election, but more importantly, we’re on the brink of moving America in a direction where we’re going to be more just, more fair,” he said at the 40/40 Club in Manhattan, where Jay-Z is an owner. “The economy’s going to grow in a way that includes everybody, an America that’s respected around the world because we’re putting forward our best values and out best ideals.”

Jay Z is worth $500 million. What’s fair about that? The half-billionaire has this to say about income inequality:

“The real problem is there’s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider… It’s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression and that gap is widening, it’s inevitable that something is going to happen.”

What’s he doing about it? Nothing. Is Jay Z spreading his fortune around? Of course not, silly. Then he says don’t demonize the 1%ers:

Jay-Z told the Times that said he told business magnate Russell Simmons, a supporter of the Zuccotti Park demonstrators, that he wouldn’t go “to a park and picnic — I have no idea what to do.” Simmons had asked him to support the protestors.

“I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want? Do you know?” Jay-Z asked Simmons, according to the Times.

Jay-Z, who was born in a rough Brooklyn neighborhood and went on to build a music and business empire, took issue with the Occupy movement’s demonization of business.

“I think all those things need to really declare themselves a bit more clearly because when you just say that ‘the 1 percent is that,’ that’s not true,” he told the Times.

Nancy Pelosi: Her net worth jumped 62% in 2010 in the face of a recession. She is worth an average of $87 million.

Harry Reid: Net worth about $10 million now but only $1 million when he entered office.

Try this thought experiment. Imagine that someone grows up in poverty, works his way through law school by holding the night shift as a Capitol Hill policeman, and spends all but two years of his career as a public servant. Now imagine that this person’s current salary — and he’s at the top of his game — is $193,400. You probably wouldn’t expect him to have millions in stocks, bonds, and real estate.

But, surprise, he does, if he’s our Senate majority leader, whose net worth is between 3 and 10 million dollars, according to OpenSecrets.org. When Harry Reid entered the Nevada legislature in 1982, his net worth was listed as between $1 million and $1.5 million “or more,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. So, since inquiring minds inquire, let’s try to figure out how Reid’s career in public service ended up being so lucrative. He hasn’t released his tax returns, which makes this an imperfect science, but looking at a few of his investments helps to show how he amassed his wealth.

Seven of the ten wealthiest members of Congress are democrats. They are:

Darrell Issa (R-Calif) $330,380,031 $464,115,018 $597,850,005
Mark Warner (D-Va) $96,221,316 $257,481,658 $418,742,000
Jared Polis (D-Colo) $69,791,412 $197,945,705 $326,099,998
John K. Delaney (D-Md) $65,151,162 $154,601,580 $244,051,998
Michael McCaul (R-Texas) $102,547,780 $143,153,910 $183,760,040
Scott Peters (D-Calif) $27,518,090 $112,467,040 $197,415,991
Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) $86,307,329 $103,803,192 $121,299,056
Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa) $63,269,025 $101,290,514 $139,312,004
Vernon Buchanan (R-Fla) $-58,149,853 $88,802,066 $235,753,986
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) $1,046,071 $87,997,030 $174,947,989

The redoubtable Allen West:

I’m waiting for Obama to apply “income equality” to Jay Z and Beyoncé

Alas, this week we’ve found the theme upon which President Obama and the progressive socialist Left will now stake their claim: equality.

These astute individuals truly believe it is their destiny to make us all equal — as they define it. Listen to the constant rants from the president and the leftist acolytes about “income inequality.” With the full power of the government, either by force or coercion (or both), they shall rectify this inequality and make us all equal. How exactly is that done, and the larger question is, to whom?

Shall we turn to Lebron James and tell him he doesn’t deserve any more in income or compensation, than the 12th listed person on the Heat roster?

Shall President Obama and his pay czar decide what the base level compensation must be across the NBA?

Will the Obama administration turn to Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, and instruct him on team salary caps?

Or shall President Obama, known for his baseball pitching prowess, tell the New York Yankees they must rescind the seven year $155 million contract to Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka — after all the comptroller of NYC believes in “shared prosperity for all over individual success.”

I’m waiting for President Obama to say during his State of the Union address that income inequality is so vital and important as issue that he will issue an executive order that caps the compensation for Hollywood actors and actresses. After all, why do they need all that income?

As well, entertainers such as his dear friends Jay Z and Beyonce must see a cut in their income and their concerts must be made more affordable to all Americans.

Great ideas all. Beyoncé tickets cost around $100 for a good seat. How does the average person afford that?

Let’s see Obama issue an Executive Order stipulating that all actors be paid the same in Hollywood and that all basketball players receive the same salaries. Let celebrities and Obama supporters demonstrate their sincerity in their belief that income inequality be lessened.

Without a doubt the proposals offered by Obama and the left will be to add burdens to the middle class- increases in minimum wage and more regulations. They will offer up class envy on a plate and make the middle class pick up the tab. And it won’t work because it doesn’t address the real problem.

If Obama wants to help address income inequality, he can start here:

A new study from Harvard University on the ability of low-income children to achieve social mobility found that the largest hindrance to moving up the income ladder is being raised by a single parent.

“The strongest and most robust predictor [of social mobility] is the fraction of children with single parents,” the study said.

Class envy is much easier.

In the old USSR the apparatchiks spewed the party line but lived far above those they ruled. It is the same for democrats and liberals.

Enfin je me rappelai le pis-aller d’une grande princesse à qui l’on disait que les paysans n’avaient pas de pain, et qui répondit : Qu’ils mangent de la brioche.

DrJohn has been a health care professional for more than 30 years. In addition to clinical practice he has done extensive research and has published widely with over 70 original articles and abstracts in the peer-reviewed literature. DrJohn is well known in his field and has lectured on every continent except for Antarctica. He has been married to the same wonderful lady for over 30 years and has three kids- two sons, both of whom are attorneys and one daughter on her way into the field of education. DrJohn was brought up with the concept that one can do well if one is prepared to work hard but nothing in life is guaranteed. Except for liberals being foolish.

106 Responses to “These are the people who will lecture us about income inequality”

  1. 101

    Smorgasbord

    @Common Sense: #100
    I didn’t mean I wanted a list from you. I meant that before I judge obama for paying women less, I want to see the amounts people are paid for doing the EXACT same thing. Plus, I want to know who actually decides who is paid what.

    When Obama ran for office he told America that if you like your health insurance and/or doctor you could keep them “period”. Did he lie to the over 1,000,000 Americans who have already had their health insurance policies cancelled?? Remember, yes or no answer.

    Undecided
    I have said several times that obama is just a marionette, and probably doesn’t have anything to do with what he says. He is given a speech, and reads it from the TOTUS. Even when he is shown at his SUPPOSED cabinet meetings, he is reading from his TOTUS. When you see his head keep going to the right and left, he is reading from his TOTUS. Why does he have to have his TOTUS for cabinet meetings?

    He didn’t even know how to pronounce, “MyRA”. Why didn’t he know how to pronounce it? Because he might not of even read the speech before he started reading it. Remember when the prime minister of Ireland was here, and he and the president were going to give a speech in the morning and afternoon. The prime minister figured that since they would be speaking to two different groups, he would read the same one for both.

    They gave their speeches in the morning. That afternoon the president gave his speech first, and read it all the way through, even thanking himself for being there, and didn’t realize it was not his speech. He just read HIS speech that morning. If he had rehearsed it, wouldn’t you think that he would have known in the first sentence or two that it wasn’t his speech?

    It is possible that obama didn’t know hardly anything that is in obamacare, since he never read the bill before he signed it. NOBODY DID. The ones who wrote the bill knew that it would take peoples doctors and insurance policies away for two reasons:

    (1) In the bill, it MANDATES that insurance companies will have to cover things like abortion, contraception, mammograms, and other medical procedures.
    (2) The bill MANDATES that if an insurance company changes an insurance plan, it will be cancelled.

    So, obamacare MANDATES changing insurance policies, then MANDATES that if a policy is changed, it will be cancelled. Did obama know this? I think so, but I don’t KNOW so.

  2. 102

    Common Sense

    So you can’t answer the question even though we saw him tell America that if you like your health insurance and/or doctor you can keep them “period”. He said this more than once so the teleprompter excuse is really laughable. When he told this lie he only said “period” and NOTHING about mandates or types of insurance or anything of the sort. He only came clean with this information when he got caught and had to apologize for his lie. Yes or no on my question and I will produce the goods you so desperately seek. BTW, Obama made the same claim about income inequality in the workplace so I could ask you to produce the same EXACT comparisons you so desperately seek from me. Still waiting but losing hope.

  3. 103

    retire05

    @Smorgasbord:

    He didn’t even know how to pronounce, “MyRA”. Why didn’t he know how to pronounce it? Because he might not of even read the speech before he started reading it.

    I think the “MyRA” comment was thrown in at the last minute by the speech writer and Obama was simply reading from the TOTUS. Once again, like with “corpsman”, he shows he really has little ability to even read correctly from the TOTUS.

    The laughing point is if you type MyRA into your search engine, this is what pops up:

    http://www.trackmyra.com/

    The White House keystone cops can’t even come up with something original.

  4. 104

    ilovebeeswarzone

    Common Sense
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    which he is a PATRIOT, among other aiming at exposing the hidden agenda of those anti AMERICANS,
    aiming at the destruction of this EXCEPTIONALIST USA LEADING THE WORLD BY PROMOTING FREEDOM
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  5. 105

    Smorgasbord

    @retire05: #103

    The laughing point is if you type MyRA into your search engine, this is what pops up:

    I’m guessing the reason the government’s “MyRA” doesn’t show up in searches yet is that it hasn’t been used much yet. Wait a while, and I’m guessing that Google will make sure it is at the top. I NEVER use Google, so I will never know. I don’t want to support a company that is so loyal to obama.

    At first I wondered why they didn’t call it MyIRA, but then I realized that it would be a wrong name for it, because it won’t be an INDIVIDUAL retirement account. Even if it is, since the money goes into a government account, it would be very easy for congress or the president to declare an emergency and take the money out.

    I haven’t heard or read yet what the interest rate will be, but at one time, my financial planner said I was earning something like 14-16% return on my IRA. Then obama got elected.

  6. 106

    Smorgasbord

    @ilovebeeswarzone: #104
    Thanks for the compliment. I am a lousy artist. Without Apple’s Pages word processor I couldn’t make anything that people could understand. I am amazed at how some people can draw so well, and am jealous of them.

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