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PostSubject: Amazing! The senate is out of control.   Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:47 pm

The Senate on Wednesday voted to leave the White House closed to public tours, instead leaving funding in place for government-promoted winery music, cookbooks, iPhone apps and winter festivals, according to Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn’s office.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/20/coburn-amendment-to-reopen-wh-fails-govt-promoted-winery-music-cook-books-iphone-apps-winter-festivals-continue/#ixzz2O8tgeJzH
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PostSubject: Re: Amazing! The senate is out of control.   Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:09 am

Okay, I was super confused about what exactly "winery music" and the other things were exactly and thought I was going to have to look them up. Luckily, the article below (linked in Joani's post above) explains it. Why the hell are they spending our g-damn tax dollars on this shit?? FYI, it all adds up to $1,803,000/FY2012.

Senate keeps White House closed, gov’t-promoted winery music, cook books, iPhone apps, winter festivals continue

The Senate on Wednesday voted to leave the White House closed to public tours, instead leaving funding in place for government-promoted winery music, cookbooks, iPhone apps and winter festivals, according to Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn’s office.

The amendment to reopen the White House for tours, which was introduced by the Oklahoma Republican, would have reduced National Heritage Area funding by $8.1 million and directed $6 million of the savings toward keeping the White House and other National Parks open. It failed by a 54-45 vote.

“In effect, with this vote, the Senate decided the following activities which are promoted by the government-funded NHA’s were more important than redirecting the funds to ensure the public has access to the White House,” a Coburn spokesman explained in an email.

Coburn’s office cited several examples:

•Hot Tunes at the Winery- Every other Friday the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor sponsors Hot Tunes at the Winery at Crossing Vineyards & Winery. The advertisement states: “Forget curling up by the fireplace. Fire Up those freezing Friday evenings with the hottest acts in town, from Standards to Jazz to Country. Wine and cheese available for purchase.” Delaware and Lehigh NHA FY2012 Federal Funding: $610,000

•A Battle for Food: Civil War Era Southern Recipe Books- The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area hosted a “Battle for Food: Civil War Era Southern Recipe Books” on March 12, 2013. This cooking program engaged “participants in open hearth cooking using the food stuffs and recipes from the Civil War era that reflect the changes and shortages between 1861 and 1865.” Atchafalaya NHA FY2012 Federal Funding: $147,000

•Tennessee Civil War Iphone App- The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area created an IPhone app showing the effects of the Civil War throughout the state. The app features people, places, and artifacts that tell the story of the Civil War in Tennessee. Tennessee Civil War NHA FY2012 Federal Funding: $436,000

•Jim Thorpe WinterFest- The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor sponsored a Jim Thorpe Winterfest in February, featuring “ice carving demonstrations, wood carving, a magic show and the famous Jim Thorpe Mug Walk.” Delaware and Lehigh NHA FY2012 Federal Funding: $610,000


According to Coburn, the amendment incorporated the Obama administration’s own recommendations for National Heritage Areas.

“This amendment uses the administration’s own recommendations to reduce funding for lower-priority Heritage Areas and shifts those funds to protect and restore access to the White House and our national parks and monuments,” Coburn said in a statement last week.

“It would be unconscionable for the federal government to prioritize wine trains, Elvis cruises and Ukrainian Easter Egg Workshops promoted by Heritage Areas ahead of restoring and protecting public access to places like the White House, the Flight 93 Memorial, the Washington Monument, Yellowstone, Gettysburg, the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon and dozens of other historically significant destinations,” he added.
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PostSubject: Re: Amazing! The senate is out of control.   Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:25 am

Big Pig rules.

Pork projects.... Bringing home the bacon. It would be interesting to see which congressmen grabbed this largesse for their constituents... and more importantly, what vote promises they offered to grease the skids.

I'm not sure that White House tours are really that important, but access to National Monuments and National Parks are high on my list.

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PostSubject: Re: Amazing! The senate is out of control.   Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:29 am

I was under the impression the WH belongs to the citizens of the US.
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PostSubject: Re: Amazing! The senate is out of control.   Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:16 am

Joanimaroni wrote:
I was under the impression the WH belongs to the citizens of the US.

It does, but so do countless military installations, many of which are off-limits to civilians.

My thoughts are that it is a monumental job for the Secret Service to protect the President. And here we are... Parading civilians through his home like it is Disney World or something. Protecting the president there... and conducting affairs of state while simultaneously conducting tours of the house... has to be logistically troublesome and expensive.

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PostSubject: Re: Amazing! The senate is out of control.   Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:48 am

Joanimaroni wrote:
I was under the impression the WH belongs to the citizens of the US.

And that's a concept that seems to be lost...can't see what the big deal is anyway...aren't the occupants on vacation most of the time?...
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PostSubject: Re: Amazing! The senate is out of control.   Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:03 am

Newshound wrote:
Joanimaroni wrote:
I was under the impression the WH belongs to the citizens of the US.

And that's a concept that seems to be lost...can't see what the big deal is anyway...aren't the occupants on vacation most of the time?...



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PostSubject: Re: Amazing! The senate is out of control.   Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:16 am

Eric wrote:
Joanimaroni wrote:
I was under the impression the WH belongs to the citizens of the US.

It does, but so do countless military installations, many of which are off-limits to civilians.

My thoughts are that it is a monumental job for the Secret Service to protect the President. And here we are... Parading civilians through his home like it is Disney World or something. Protecting the president there... and conducting affairs of state while simultaneously conducting tours of the house... has to be logistically troublesome and expensive.

A White House Tour....three or four areas and out the door...not the private quarters area or any area where the cowh may be at that time...Usually wonder afterwards why you've waited that long for the 'tour'...
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PostSubject: Re: Amazing! The senate is out of control.   Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:26 am

My son was there a few times doing his EOD duty.. They have to do a complete sweep for explosives before and after every tour.....
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