Giving a whole new meaning to the term 'Limousine Liberal'

Liberals always talk a good game of being on the side of the "little guy," but put them in office and they grab for all the trappings of power they can.

Incredibly, the number of limousines owned by the federal government has increased by 73% in the two years of the Obama administration:

From The Center for Public Integrity:

Obama administration officials said most of the increase reflects an enhanced effort to protect diplomats and other government officials in a dangerous world. But a watchdog group says the abundance of limos sends the wrong message in the midst of a budget crisis. The increase in limos comes to light on the heels of an executive order from President Obama last week that charges agencies to increase the fuel efficiency of their fleets.

According to General Services Administration data , the number of limousines in the federal fleet increased from 238 in fiscal 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 412 in 2010. Much of the 73 percent increase--111 of the 174 additional limos--took place in fiscal 2009, more than eight months of which corresponded with Obama's first year in office.  However, some of those purchases could reflect requests made by the Bush administration during an appropriations process that would have begun in the spring of 2008. 

The GSA said its limousine numbers are not reliable, even though the federal fleet numbers are officially recorded every year.  In a statement, GSA spokeswoman Sara Merriam said, "The categories in the Fleet Report are overly broad, and the term 'limousine' is not defined," adding that "vehicles represented as limousines can range from protective duty vehicles to sedans."

When the GSA can't figure out how many actual "limousines" we have, we're in trouble. And you might want to think about the fact that every one of those vehicles has a driver - another federal employee.

Let them eat cake, eh liberals?

Liberals always talk a good game of being on the side of the "little guy," but put them in office and they grab for all the trappings of power they can.

Incredibly, the number of limousines owned by the federal government has increased by 73% in the two years of the Obama administration:

From The Center for Public Integrity:

Obama administration officials said most of the increase reflects an enhanced effort to protect diplomats and other government officials in a dangerous world. But a watchdog group says the abundance of limos sends the wrong message in the midst of a budget crisis. The increase in limos comes to light on the heels of an executive order from President Obama last week that charges agencies to increase the fuel efficiency of their fleets.

According to General Services Administration data , the number of limousines in the federal fleet increased from 238 in fiscal 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 412 in 2010. Much of the 73 percent increase--111 of the 174 additional limos--took place in fiscal 2009, more than eight months of which corresponded with Obama's first year in office.  However, some of those purchases could reflect requests made by the Bush administration during an appropriations process that would have begun in the spring of 2008. 

The GSA said its limousine numbers are not reliable, even though the federal fleet numbers are officially recorded every year.  In a statement, GSA spokeswoman Sara Merriam said, "The categories in the Fleet Report are overly broad, and the term 'limousine' is not defined," adding that "vehicles represented as limousines can range from protective duty vehicles to sedans."

When the GSA can't figure out how many actual "limousines" we have, we're in trouble. And you might want to think about the fact that every one of those vehicles has a driver - another federal employee.

Let them eat cake, eh liberals?

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