Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Air Force One on the Block: Let's Sell President Obama's Corporate Jet Obama: It's Kids Versus Corporate Jets on Debt-Ceiling Talks:

In his first full-scale news conference since March, the president insisted that Democrats had compromised in private talks by agreeing to billions of dollars in budget cuts that would hurt their voters. But, he said, Republicans were refusing to bend by not agreeing to eliminate tax breaks to owners of corporate jets and profit-rich oil companies. If Republicans get their way, Obama said, the end result would be unbalanced deal that lifts the debt limit but forces the government to make deeper-than-necessary cuts.

"If we do not have revenues, that means there are a bunch of kids out there who do not have college scholarships," Obama said. "[It] might compromise the National Weather Services. It means we might not be funding critical medical research. It means food inspection might be compromised. I've said to Republican leaders, 'You go talk to your constituents and ask them, "Are you willing to compromise your kids' safety so some corporate-jet owner can get a tax break?"'

This administration's failure to lead by example on issue after issue is an endless source of their own embarrassment. Just last week, Michelle Obama enjoyed half-a-million dollar trip to South Africa and Botswana on the tax payer's dime. Today, her husband, President Obama, mau mau's corporate jets. Clearly, Republican's must offer a compromise appropriate to the moral ground that the president has staked out. Here's one such compromise: when the White House agrees to forego further travel on their corporate jet, Air Force One, and their corporate helicopters, Marine One, and commits instead to travel by Amtrak One--perhaps alongside Joe Biden in Amtrak Two--then, and only then, should Republicans even consider the administrations proposals on corporate jets.

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