Well, it’s the end of the year and thoughts turn to the holidays. People everywhere look forward to time from work with friends and family. They have worked hard all year long and, now, it is time for the holidays.

Even in Washington, the holidays are in the forefront of interests. I don’t begrudge anyone a vacation, but Congress has “worked” about 153 days this year and it’s not like they have accomplished anything. The House HAS past about 25 bills, but they never see the light of day in the Senate. The Senate has gone way over 900 days without a budget, with no apparent interest in one for the next year either.

Of course, the President has said there is legislation that needs to be past before they leave for the holidays, which is good. Therein lies the rub. Since President Obama’s vacation plans got delayed, the First Lady and their girls have decided that they are too important to stay in DC to wait for The People’s work to be completed. They and their massive entourage are taking an Air Force flight cross-country to Hawaii, so they can start their holiday vacation, a planned 17 days, on time and at government (our) expense. This expense is an estimated $100,000 for the early flight alone, an expense which could have been foregone if Michelle didn’t have delusions of grandour. But, no, we can’t delay Michelle’s fun!

Evidently, her spending spree among the rich and famous in Spain wasn’t bad enough. She listed her daughter as senior staff so We the People picked up her expenses. Next came the trip to Martha’s Vineyard. She had to take a separate plane from Waashington about four hours earlier than her husband (four hours! Has she NO patience?). After hobnobbing in the Vineyard they flew (again separate planes back to DC.

The arrogance of these people, the President and his wife, is so massive as to dredge up Marie Antoinette’s “let them eat cake) image. To believe she deserves her own plane, flight crew and fuel allowances is just ludicrous.

How many of us are spending less on Christmas (yes, I said it!) this year or traveling closer to home to save money? How many of us are cutting corners to make ends meet? How many of us have had to budget so close as to have no room for anything else?

In an atmoshere such as I’ve described, I am hard-pressed to imagine how a Senate that doesn’t believe in a budget, can just spend. I cannot fathom how a President who has spent the last three years campaigning for four more years in his job does what ever he can to avoid doing anything that would actually create jobs in the private sector. I don’t understand how we think they represent We the People. I refuse to approve of us footing the bill for the arrogance of the First Lady!