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“…Every summer thousands of American school children make their way to Washington DC to see their government in action and visit the People’s House…”

Somehow, “you ruined our family vacation” doesn’t sound convincing as an argument for establishing budget priorities. A petition at the White House site:

We petition the Obama Administration to:

reinstate the public tours of the White House. This is the people’s house and they deserve the opportunity to tour it!

The White House is also known as the People’s House because it belongs to the American people. Every year thousands of Americans have come to see where our president works. Every summer thousands of American school children make their way to Washington DC to see their government in action and visit the People’s House. Unfortunately, due to Congress’ inability to work with the president and pass a sensible budget the President has chosen to save money by stopping the tours of the White House, thus denying the American people the opportunity to see how their tax dollars have supported the Executive Branch of our government. Using the American people as a pawn in this budget fight is patently wrong and we request the immediate reinstatement of the tours of the White House.

Created: Mar 30, 2013

Signatures needed by April 29, 2013 to reach goal of 100,000 99,251

Total signatures on this petition 749

Uh, taxation is the price we pay for civilization. People might want to remember that the next time they plan their family vacation after voting to keep right wingnut obstructionists in office.

Previously:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): missing the point, again (March 6, 2013)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): a foolish consistency… (March 10, 2013)

….Think about that for a moment. EPA expenditures (of a relatively modest amount) which might ostensibly have a positive effect on the global environment (after all, we do live on the same planet) are bad, tours of the White House by foreign nationals are good….

Got it. Budget priorities.