By: Kelli Krauss
General Motors is now owned by the government which has a majority 60 percent ownership. We the taxpayers will be pumping another 30 billion dollars into GM and this is on top of the 20 billion they have already received.
Upon the government takeover of the 100 year old car company, our President, Barack Obama said this, "I will not pretend the hard times are over. More jobs will be lost. More plants will close. More dealerships will shut their doors, and so will many parts suppliers. But I want you to know that what you're doing is making a sacrifice for the next generation . . . so that your children and all of our children can grow up in an America that still makes things, that still builds cars, that still strives for a better future."
We can't forget what the President said while talking about possible tax increases in an interview with George Stephanopoulos “Everybody’s going to have to give,” Obama said. “Everybody’s going to have to have some skin in the game.”
On the eve of making a speech about sacrifice to GM employees, how some will lose their jobs but they need to look at the big picture and help the next generation, President Obama and his lovely wife, Michelle, flew to New York city for a "date night." They had a cozy dinner, took in a Broadway show and then jetted back to D.C. Not a cheap trip when you tally up everything that had to be flown there and shut down for them. I bet there are a lot of GM employees that would have liked to take their wives on a "date night" to New York at the taxpayers expense.
Only a true elitist would say you sacrifice your job and income, but don't forget to pay taxes on any income you do earn to pay for the bailout we are giving the company that demolished your job and to pay for my extravagant and overindulgent "date night."
Let's not forget how Obama scolded corporate executives when he said: "You can't get corporate jets. You can't go take a trip to Las Vegas, or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers' dime."
Give me a break! Now the defense will start. Hey, President Bush took vacations and went on trips!! Yes, yes he did, but not all the while lecturing the taxpayers on how they need to have "skin in the game" and to "sacrifice" their job and income for the next generation. I, as I am sure most people, do not begrudge the President and First Lady for wanting a date night, but was there not a suitable place in Washington, D.C. that night?
Then comes the argument that he promised his wife while campaigning that he would take her to a Broadway show. To that I say, could he not have said this, "No honey, you can't go to that Broadway show. Times are hard and I need to set an example. But I want you to know that what you're doing is making a sacrifice for the next generation . . . so that your children and all of our children can grow up in an America that still makes things, that still builds cars, that still strives for a better future. So they can be taxed and pay for a President's extravagant date night."