Apparently the conserv-o-sphere is up in arms about the President taking a vacation. For example:
- Republicans pounce on Obama ‘getaway’ vacation (Daily Caller)
No sooner had President Obama left for a 10-day vacation to Martha’s Vineyard on Thursday night than Republicans began a fresh series of attacks on his handling of the economy, including a new website mocking him for vacationing while the economy worsens.
So, uh, guys. Sit down and think this through for a minute. For the past two and a half years, you’ve been complaining about the degree to which the Obama 44 administration has been “wrecking the country” with those shiny executive powers you gave Bush 43. Let’s suppose that’s actually true.
Why is it a bad thing for him to take ten days off from “wrecking the country”?
You might not have noticed, but up here above the 49th we had a deadlocked minority government that couldn’t get much of anything done for, oh, about six years. It was pretty great, actually. You should try it some time.
How does it figure that all y’all rattle your sabres about government shutdowns as if they’re a good thing — and I’m loath to disagree, at least in principle — but when the Executive branch takes a week off it’s zOMG he’s letting the economy crumble? Last I checked, every time the Obama administration floated some idea about fixing the economy — which is what everyone’s castigating him for not trying to do this week — you worked yourselves up into a horrible frothing rage and insisted that government interference was wrecking the economy (and again, I’m sympathetic to this point). Shouldn’t you be cheering him for keeping his meddlesome technocratic hands off of a delicate and ineffable system that’s understood best from the bottom up? Weren’t you reading Hayek a few months ago?
Myself, I think we’d be a lot better off if the US House, Senate, and Presidency had been turned into taxpayer-funded vacation programmes in, say, 1890. Elected officials would legislate for two weeks out of the year and spend the rest of their time fucking around in Martha’s Vineyard or Aspen or wherever elected officials go to fuck around. If we spent a million bucks a year — 2011 bucks, that is, not 1890 bucks — on just shy of six hundred families’ extended vacations, it’d hardly make a dent in the budget, and we’d attract a much better class of people to office. I’d rather be governed by self-interested lazy parasitic slackers than earnest intelligent energetic do-gooders any day of the week.
Come to think of it, you guys are sounding awfully stressed yourselves. Maybe you should take a few weeks off; I think the country can survive without your leadership for at least that long.