I don’t know how much it costs each time the president hangs out at Mar-a-Lago or how much it is costing us to keep his penthouse bride and son comfortable in the Big Apple, but one thing is for sure: this crap has to stop. What’s worse, Trump did not start it. Sure, he has brought it to a whole new level, but again, he did not start it. As I recall, President Obama and President Clinton much preferred schmoozing with the wealthy sort on Martha’s Vineyard over the working class charm of Camp David. So before we Democrats start to whine about Trump’s house, we have to do some housekeeping ourselves.
The presidency is a job. It has a salary, an expense account, and living quarters included. In addition, it has a vacation retreat for the president and the family of the president to enjoy. These accommodations are specifically designed to minimize the cost of protecting the president as well as providing the best possible protection. The people have paid for these facilities and we continue to pay for their daily upkeep.
If the president or the members of the president’s immediate family wants to live elsewhere, that should not be the financial responsibility of the taxpayer. Furthermore, if the president wants a vacation and wants to spend it somewhere other than Camp David, again, that should not be the responsibility of the taxpayer. I suppose we could and probably should make an exception if the president wanted to stay at one of our national parks.
Really, fellow Democrats, we need to do this once we regain the presidency. Anything else is simply wrong, and will result in further losses, more Trumps, and do we really want that?