"CONGRATULATIONS! You've won an all expense paid trip around the world!" That may as well have been the way yesterdays news article began. Barack NObama's access to Secret Service "candidate protection" since May of 2007 - a record for the earliest candidate protection ever provided - prompted the Secret Service to request a budget increase of $9.1 million, due to the increased expense of "providing transportation" and security for the candidate.
Providing transportation?? I must be confused ... what is the purpose of campaign contributions? Why is the non-campaign supporting U.S. taxpayer being forced to pay for transporting either candidate? And, since we are paying for it, why isn't the travel restricted to locations where U.S. military personnel - potential voters - are the focal point of the visit, rather than schmoozing with some foreign political big-wig who doesn't get to vote in our elections ... yet?
What's wrong with this picture? It was reported today that "Obama Gets Rock Star Welcome in Berlin". That sounds innocuous enough, right? Now let's look past the spin - NObama got a "rock star welcome" from 200,000 German people (none of whom are voting in our election) because there was a free rock concert held at the same location at the same time! Did the press mention that fact ... NO! The turnout wasn't as much for him as it was for the free rock concert.
Right now, NObama has in excess of 300 "advisors" on his campaign team ... and he hasn't been elected yet! How many advisors will it take to tell him what to do if he is elected? It should be obvious that he doesn't have a clue!
Here's something else to think about - why should we concern ourselves if other countries love a particular candidate for President of this country? The reason for concern is not that the candidate himself is well-liked. The reason for concern is that most countries - for any number of reasons - wish to see the United States fail! And when our known enemies express support for a particular candidate, that should be a BIG red flag for us. If Castro, or Hugo Chavez, or Ahmadinejad is smitten by one of the candidates, that should be a real warning to the American voter that that particular candidate may not have the best interests of our country at heart!
NObama puts on a good show ... he can stir an audience ... but then, so could Adolf Hitler!