Yes. It is OK.
The same thing happens in companies all the time. Let me flip this around for some perspective.
Company CEO wants family time. Family time is valuable time, and a CEO is busy as all get out, increasing the value of that family time considerably.
CEO decides to bring his family along, on a slightly different schedule to share time with them, or have his kids experience something, or maybe just so that the logistics consolidate into a free day or something.
Do you honestly think they won't do it? I would.
The President is more or less on duty at all times. That's expensive. And the President comes with family, and other things people need, and that's expensive too.
So we deal. That is just part of the cost of doing business, or in this case, running the government.
The two are really no different in this respect.
Now, we had a story a while back about that Governor who spent money to avoid a short walk, and it was considered ugly, and it was framed in different ways depending on whether or not people were identifying with his party agenda or not.
This is no different either. Edit: I personally found that one offensive because it appeared to be very low value. I think that's the case for a lot of these things. Sometimes we see the value, sometimes we don't.
And Mrs Obama has her own tasks she is doing. It's highly likely the extra travel was necessary to have all that work out. She is the first lady, and is active as she should be. It's not like she sits around playing with the kids.
Truth is, leaders are elite people, and we put them there and they cost us, and we pay it, because we need leaders.
End of story.
I think the choices we would have made are colored by the fact that we have absolutely no idea of the factors that lead to the decisions. We are not those elite people.
Finally, when you look at the amounts of money, and the reluctance of the GOP to work to pass material reforms to combat the problem, getting all hot and bothered over this makes no sense at all.
If we actually are worried about "the taxpayers" and their burdens, let's actually discuss that problem, rather than attempt to project this onto it, as if it's contributory, when it's really not and everybody knows it.
Posted on August 19, 2011 - 08:26 AM