Your View: Taxpayers fund lavish presidential lifestyle
The president lives in the people’s house. He does not pay rent, electricity, water, food, telephone, gasoline, car insurance or insurance on the home he lives in or taxes on this home. He lives there free at our expense.
He earns $400,000 a year (our taxpayer money). We provide him with a chef who earns $100,000 a year, yet when he meets with Republicans they go to a restaurant a half-mile from the White House. We paid his gasoline, his chauffeur and for the meal, why did the chef not prepare a meal at the White House?
We provide gardeners waiters, cleaners and people who wait on him and his family. As well as that, we pay for his dog’s care, said to be $102,000 a year. I am sure when you bought your children a dog it was their responsibility to take care of it. His family health care plan costs us taxpayers $7 million a year (but he is restricting our health care option), and his trip to Hawaii cost us $4 million. Have you ever had a vacation that cost 10 times more than you earned for the year.
Despite all this, he stopped allowing tours of the White House (our house). If our taxpayer money cannot pay for us and our children to visit our house, then we cannot afford to pay for him to live there. Let him and his family find their own accommodation and pay for it, and let us close the White House until it is open to the people.
BILLY R. HUGHES
Many put faith in different belief systems
In his letter of March 3, Dusty Schoch condemns Tony Watts for condemning President Obama solely on the grounds that Watts is too certain of what he believes. “Absolutely certain” says Schoch. Of course this is a not so veiled attack against all those who hold to the biblical Christian world view.
But Schoch is right in that there are very few things we can know with total certainty or proven certainty. And those things that we can know with complete certainty (e.g. 2 + 2 = 4) are of no value when it comes to the doubts and struggles, joys and sorrows, conflicts and turmoil of life. Think of those things you can know with proven certainty. Do they help you at all with the mystery and meaning of life?
Nevertheless, absolute certainty is not the real issue here. The response of Schoch to Watts is nothing but a clash of belief systems. And all belief systems are a risk, including Schoch’s and Christianity. Personally, I am risking my temporal and eternal well-being on the belief that Jesus truly is “the way, the truth, and the life.” Are there uncertainties and struggles with this belief system? Of course. This journey of Christian faith is a grand adventure with unending battles and enduring joys. But it rests on the strong foundation of history, reason, experience, and revelation. So one can be very confident in the evidence supporting this belief system.
Perhaps though there are those rare times when we stumble across something we can be absolutely certain about. And I believe Schoch’s letter is one of those occasions. Because I am “absolutely certain” that Schoch is abundantly certain that his belief system is right and Watts’ is wrong.
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