Making the Sequester Really Hurt -- Everyone

Posted: Mar 06, 2013 7:32 PM

Yesterday, I wrote about how the Obama administration has articulated a policy of trying to ensure that the sequester hurts as much as they had promised (a tall order, to be sure).  One of the pettier ways they're enacting that policy is by having cancelled previously-scheduled tours of The White House.

So kudos to Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX).  He's sponsored a bill to prevent any public money from being used to transport the President to or from a golf course until regular White House tours resume.  

The move is an eminently sensible one.  After all, as Paul Gregory points out in Forbes, the sequester cut of White House tours equals about two hours of Air Force One.  The taxpayer bill just for their Hawaiian vacations is a whopping $20 million.   

That $20 million would certainly let a lot of kids, who will now be disappointed, and their parents (who are subsidizing the lifestyle there!) get a peek at The White House, given that the tour cancellation is estimated to "save" only $18,000 per week.

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