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Robert Winner

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elected officials travel VS non-elected officials travel at the taxpayers expense.

Lets leave the politics out of this and look at what is right and wrong.

This week Michele Obama, both daughters, and her mother are traveling to China on the taxpayers dollar. Certainly not the first time that the family has travel without the president using AF 1 and on the taxpayers dime. Even if it is a vacation should we pay for it. We the taxpayers own a get-a-way called camp david for the president to vacation to. All other family vacations should not cost the taxpayers millions ... like his golf trips. Golf in Washington DC. or his date night in NYC ... or even fund raisers .. that expense should be covered by the political party. It cost us 2 million for a quick spot on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote healthcare, etc .. basically a campaign trip.

In June, the first lady went to Ireland for a two-day trip. The cost to taxpayers: $5 million.

Michelle Obama reportedly stayed at a $3,300-per-night hotel in Dublin, and needed to book 30 rooms at the posh Shelbourne Hotel for her staff and security detail.

So here is the question. Should non-elected persons who have no official status use the assets assigned to the elected official and vacation at the taxpayers expense.

As a additional subject should we, the taxpayers, pay for campaign / party fundraiser trips.

Where should the line be drawn ... This is not limitied to one president or one party ... it is simply .... is it right or wrong.

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