LETTER: Re-open White House, cut federal spending elsewhereHaving an open White House represents to the world what a free democracy stands for.
By: John Bechen, Letcher
To the Editor:
With the sequester battle over, and the Republicans not blinking, President Obama has decided to close the White House to public tours.
He has put the blame for this on the Republicans for not increasing the already increased budget by another $83 billion. The up side of this is that he can now run around the house in his underwear and play with his putter without being bothered by those silly people that he works for.
He seems to have forgotten whose house he and his family are living in. Having an open White House represents to the world what a free democracy stands for. Just try to visit the homes of the rulers in China, Russia, North Korea, Iran or any of a hundred other countries that suppress their citizens.
In lieu of closing the White House to schoolchildren, senior citizens, veterans, and anyone else that does not have a printed invitation, I have come up with other ideas that could save the White House dollars so it can be reopened.
1. Vice President Joe Biden lobbied against semi-automatic guns saying that a double barrel shotgun was much better defense. There for the Secret Service could give up their expensive guns for 12 gauges.
2. Having gourmet chefs is way too expensive and they cook meals that are way too heavy in calories. I would suggest that the White House residents and staff start eating prepackaged school meals. They would have to remember that they would have to pay extra for seconds.
3. Having a medical staff there is not cheap. Staff and residences should apply for ObamaCare using their short 21-page form and then hope that a doctor will see them.
4. With the military cuts, having U.S. Marines opening the doors of the White House is a waste of assets that will soon be defunded. Having the Marines protect places where the American public is welcome would be a much better use of their talents.
With these few changes, I’m sure that we could find enough money to reopen the White House doors.