Obama, what happens in Las Vegas stay's in Vegas
For the second time in a year President Obama is explaining himself over a comment regarding Las Vegas. The first time occurred February 2009, he was scolding large corporations that spend money to hold their annual conferences in Vegas. That little lecture caused 30,000 hotel rooms booked for conferences to be canceled at an estimated loss of $20 million to the city, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. You would think that President Obama would learn from his mistakes. After all Las Vegas is part of America. It isn't the presidents job to punish businesses that visit Las Vegas. Unfortunately President Obama did not learn from his mistake. Learning from his mistakes does not seem to be one of President Obama's strong traits. This time, almost exactly one year later, President Obama is defending his new assault on Las Vegas.
Obama's latest anti-Vegas quote is, "When times are tough, you tighten your belts. You don't go buying a boat when you're trying to pay your mortgage. You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save on college. You prioritize, you make tough choices." The attack on Vegas is so damaging that President Obama's close political ally Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said "Obama needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn't be spending their money."
Maybe President Obama finally got the message, who knows. You would think that he would get it after the first time. We can chalk that one up as a rookie mistake. He wasn't in office long at that point, and he had a lot going on. This newest gaff is pretty indefensible. Obama tried to defend his statements in a letter that Harry Reid's office released. This is President Obama's explanation "I was making the simple point that families use vacation dollars, not college tuition money, to have fun. There is no place better to have fun than Vegas, one of our country's great destinations."
The combination of these two statements bother me. If we take them at face value what was Obama trying to say? Obama's comment that we should be responsible is a direct insult to the American people. We are not little kids, we are not Obama's children, we do not need him to set guidelines of what responsibility is. First off, Obama telling anyone to be responsible is laughable in itself. Obama has created record spending deficits. He is begging China to fund our debt. He has not cut any government spending at all. His solution to fixing the economy is more government spending.
Secondly, who is any president to tell us how to spend our money. We do not have a king, we have a president. He already takes his "cut" of our income through income taxes. What we choose to do with our remaining money is our business. If I want to invest it in college educations, then I will. If I want to blow it in Vegas, guess what, I will. I don't need anyone to tell me which is the wiser decision. It is time for this President to start acting presidential, stop underestimating the American people, and worry about his spending not ours.
The other thing is Obama's claim that Vegas is a great place to visit. If he believes that, then why did he make the statement in the first place. It is just his way of admitting that he made another mistake without owning up to the responsibility. Maybe next time he will think three times before he speaks. Thinking twice isn't working for him.