Sacrifice: The Governors Ball

January 9th, 2009:

George Stephanopoulos: “At the end of the day, are you really talking about over the course of your presidency some kind of grand bargain? That you have tax reform, healthcare reform, entitlement reform including Social Security and Medicare, where everybody in the country is going to have to sacrifice something, accept change for the greater good?

“Yes,” Obama said.

Michigan Governor Granholm, 2009 State of the State address:

Governor Granholm called on SOCC to approve a 10 percent reduction, noting that as state government has asked state employees to sacrifice, so, too, should elected leaders share in that sacrifice.

February 21, 2010:

President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosted their second ball for the nation’s governors on Sunday night at the White House.

The menu:
French Onion Soup with Croutons
Rib Eye Roast with Shrimp Scampi
Roasted Potatoes, Carrots and Mushroom Caps
Seven Layer Salad
Baked Alaska

Wines offered:
Sugarleaf Vineyards Petit Manseng 2008
Landmark Vineyards Syrah “Steel Plow” 2006
Fenn Valley “42 Ice Wine” 2008

At least Granholm, governor of the state with crippling public and private sector economic problems, remained in Michigan and didn’t want to take part in spending state taxpayer money to send her to DC. What? Oh:

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who got a shoutout from Obama during his pre-toast remarks, was in a striking emerald jacket at Table 12 with FLOTUS and Pawlenty

Frankly it’s offensive to know that Michigan taxpayers spent a single penny to send Governor Granholm, possibly the biggest failure to come out of Michigan since the Edsel, to Washington to sit at the president’s table and be told what a great job she’s doing.

Also, Harry Connick, Jr. performed. I hope you enjoyed the concert, because you paid for it.

Haven’t these people ever heard of teleconferencing? Every time somebody in government has a chance to demonstrate that they mean what they say, they blow it.

The government — from federal to many states — has taken the country well beyond bankruptcy, they insist we throw more money at them, and they’re throwing a party on our dime on top of it all?

Imagine the anger if these were auto executives.

Author: Doug Powers

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