Thursday, November 4, 2010

President's Trip to India

Somehow this doesn't seem right. The president is going to India for four days this week. Reports state that his entourage will include 3,000 people (3,000 people!). The description of the trip almost sounds like a military invasion. In addition to the personal and security entourage, the president will be accompanied by 40 aircraft and 34 warships. A security tunnel has been built overland by our military so that the president can visit a museum. The entire Taj Mahal hotel is booked for the U.S. delegation (over 500 rooms).

I do not begrudge a president the need for security. I do not begrudge a president the need to travel and meet world leaders. But, I am bothered by the size and scope of this trip. Is it necessary to spend so lavishly at a time when unemployment in our country is so high?  At a time when people are hurting financially, is it wise for a leader to exhibit such extravagance?

Just think what a fraction of this money could do for the soup kitchens that are being depleted in our country, for the outreach programs, or for the truly needy.

Or, as one writer highlighted, what it could do for our wounded veterans who have to reach out for charity to have their needs met.

Update:  The White House says that the reports these costs are too high, however, they won't give any cost estimates.  No matter what the cost, I think it's important that those in authority, no matter what level, do their best to serve the public at the lowest cost possible, and to always keep in mind that they are "serving" the public, not the other way around.

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