There’s been a lot of malarkey lately from the Obama camp about Mitt Romney’s being superrich. Of particular interest is the house the Romneys are building in La Jolla. It has a car elevator and "a giant basement."
Welcome to the politics of envy. Romney is not as rich as George Washington, who is said to have been a pretty good president, but in an era when President Obama can't run on his dismal record, we are going to be seeing a lot of this kind of talk.
But here is something to note about Mr. Romney's house: It isn't costing us taxpayers a dime. As long as the Romneys are building the house on their own dime (and they are), I don’t give a hoot what kind of frills it includes. What I do care about is government officials who embrace a celebrity lifestyle that costs taxpayers money. It seems to me that government employees are the new royalty. Just send the peasants the bills!
You can see this in the $823,000 party GSA employees threw themselves at our expense in Las Vegas.
You can see it in the first family’s penchant for glitzy vacations. We only got stuck for a small portion of Mrs. Obama’s trip to Marbella (some estimated the burden to taxpayers at a mere $375,000), but a party whose standard bearer is no stranger to the high life should not throw stones at houses with car elevators.
On this theme, I can’t help being slightly offended at the president’s quip that he was in Colombia scouting out the next place he might want to bring Mrs. Obama for a vacation. But don’t worry, we probably won't be paying anytime soon for a Colombian date night: I can’t imagine there are many places in Colombia that compare with Marbella and the Vineyard. Besides, the place has some bad memories.
I love it that a local radio reporter called out the president on his lavish vacations. Even though taxpayers only get stuck for airfare and Secret Service (wahoooo!), I can imagine a different kind of first family who, as a gesture of solidarity with the American people (and in respect to the cost of Air Force One fuel) would refrain from jetting around when the rest of the country is undergoing hard times.