All presidents' vacations cost taxpayers money

Wednesday , September 18, 2013 - 3:57 PM

Bob Montanez

Editor,

The writer of the Sept. 7 letter, “Obama added debt, wasted millions on vacations” is very confused. They were not all vacations,

Obama, like all presidents have had costly trips visiting countries on business. All presidents require high security and communications anywhere they go, even for vacations. This is not by choice. President Bush had many vacations to Crawford, Texas. All presidents in the recent past vacation all over the U.S. Richard Nixon had his San Clemente home that was on the coast guarded by U.S. Coast Guard and the entire home had a web of communications. Like all locales security is very expensive, Republicans stayed at the Annenberg home in Palm Springs, Ca., which was guarded with gun turrets and security helicopters and all are government paid. Clinton visited Deer Valley twice and likewise was likely at a home owned by a Democrat. John F. Kennedy never received a salary and paid his way, except for security required. A major cost is Air Force 1.

The writer blames the Iraq war on Democrats who controlled the House and Senate. How soon he forgets that the Bush administration lied to all senators and convinced them of the existence of WMD. Obama was the only Senator against the Iraq war. It was very apparent no WMD existed, because the UN inspectors had not found any and their further investigation was stopped, because Bush attacked Iraq before their job was completed. No WMD were ever found.

The squandering of the $230 billion left by Clinton was gone in six months prior to 9/11 and the Iraq war. This money was eradicated because of tax breaks given to the rich. If anyone remembers, G.E. paid zero tax, because of tax breaks. Halliburton’s billions were not taxed because headquarters are based in Dubai, United Emirates.

Former President George H. W. Bush, his son and family made helicopter trips to witness progress of the U.S.S. George H. W. Bush, a Nimitz class carrier, and he was not a current president. President Bush kept close watch weekly on the progress with many trips to the shipyard.

Bob Montanez

North Ogden

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