Last Thursday, I received another startling communication from Jim Messina, Chairman of the President’s not-for profit social welfare group “Organizing for Action” (OFA). Apparently the looming sequester cuts had Mr. Messina and President Obama in a frenzied panic and they requested my signature on a petition ( opposing the implementation of the cuts as well as a $25 dollar donation to Obama’s OFA, the “grassroots movement that will get the job done.”

To quote Mr. Messina from his anti-sequester e-mail:

“This has real consequences. On the chopping block are 10,000 teaching jobs, more than 70,000 kids’spots in Head Start, $35 million for local fire departments, $43 million to make sure seniors don’t go hungry, and access to nutrition assistance for 600,000 women and their families. That’s just a few of the things we’ll lose.” He adds: “all because they (Republicans) don’t want to close tax loopholes for millionaires, billionaires, vacation homes, and corporate jets. Seriously.”

As per White House instructions, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to begin releasing 1000 detained illegal aliens per week—remember these are serious felons—back into American communities. Public tours of the White House, given by volunteers, are now officially canceled, and FDA (Fish, Poultry and Meat) inspectors are set to be furloughed so that Americans are made to understand the severity of what Mr. Messina’s e-mail describes as “sledgehammer” cuts under the Republican caused sequester.

In a recent article by Alex Pappas at the “Daily Caller,” Pappas references “Presidential Perks Gone Royal” by Robert Gray. According to Pappas’ research, last year, the American taxpayer spent $1.4 billion to maintain and provide for the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by our nation’s First Family, which includes “everything from staffing, housing, flying, and entertaining President Obama, and the First Family.” Incidentally, that also includes regular transportation and entertaining of Mr. Messina and his grassroots group’s fundraisers at “Organizing for Action.”

White House occupants and guests also enjoy a 24-hour live-in movie projectionist (actually bunks at the White House just in case somebody wants to watch a movie on-demand) and $102,000 salaried Walker/Handler for the first family’s $1600 hypoallergenic dog, “Bo.” White House sources could not confirm if turd cleanup falls within the job description of a White House dog walker, but belly scratching is mandatory. Actually, it is possible Bo’s handler is a U.S. Secret Service Agent.

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