Right when America’s school kids are looking forward to a spring tour of the White House, the Obama administration cancelled all public tours, blaming budget cuts and Republican pigheadedness.
Shutting down the tours was a quick way to teach the next generation of voters that even a tiny reduction in the rate of growth of government results in nothing but tears and regret.
The cost of the 37 uniformed officers who direct the White House tours is $10,571 a day, according to Brian Leary, a spokesman for the Secret Service.
That’s peanuts compared to how the feds blow hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ dollars on an ever-expanding array of projects of little or no value.
In her recent Wall Street Journal column, “Jumping the Sequester: When the president cancelled the White House tours, he revealed his claims as ludicrous,” Kimberly Strassel provided a sample of the fed’s wasteful and lavish spending.
“We've learned that the White House employs three calligraphers, who cumulatively earn $277,000 a year,” reported Strassel. “The Environmental Protection Agency gave $141,000 to fund a Chinese study on swine manure. Part of a $325,000 National Science Foundation outlay went to building a robotic squirrel.”
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