George Holding: Obama’s costly trip

July 1, 2013 

Obama’s costly trip to Africa

At his first official Cabinet meeting in 2009, President Obama ordered $100 million in cuts and said that “100 million here, 100 million there, pretty soon, even in Washington it adds up to real money.”

President Obama’s trip to Africa will cost up to $100 million.

In a time when many Americans are out of work and struggling to make ends meet, the last thing they want to see is tens of millions of their taxpayer dollars being spent to send the president on a trip.

Fostering bilateral relationships with foreign nations is a crucial role of the president, and certainly the security and safety of our commander in chief are paramount.

But the hundreds of Secret Service agents, over 50 vehicles, fighter jets and a Navy aircraft carrier with a fully staffed medical trauma center for this trip will cost the government too much.

To put it in perspective: $100 million could pay the annual salary of more than 2,000 teachers in North Carolina or of the 22,000 civilian employees who were furloughed in the state due to defense cuts.

We need to rein in government spending – and this trip shows a lack of judgment for when and where to make cuts.

U.S. Rep. George Holding

Raleigh

The writer, a Republican, represents the 13th District.

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