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California Town Goes After President For $8,000 Security Bill

June 6, 2013 by  

Atherton, the California town where a private April fundraising visit from President Barack Obama rankled local leaders saddled with the cost of extra security, is stepping up its efforts to recoup the money so that the town’s taxpayers don’t have to foot the bill.

The town may even go so far as to place a lien against two local homeowners who feted Obama as part of a fundraising tour on behalf of the Democratic National Committee. Obama attended a total of four fundraisers but made no public appearances during the Bay-Area trip, which lasted less than 24 hours.

According to CBS San Francisco, Atherton’s town manager believes the President, the Secret Service, the DNC or the homeowners – anyone, in fact, except the town’s taxpayers – should cough up the $8,000 required to provide extra security and cleanup necessitated by having the leader of the free world drop by for a private money grab which helped Democrats raise more than $3 million.

“If the town incurs a cost that rightly should belong to somebody else, we’re going to pursue that,” said George Rodericks. “We could follow a lien process of some kind, hold a public hearing, invite them to come, process it as a lien against their property and collect it via the property tax.”

“If we were to hold, say, a wedding here, and have to close off streets, we would expect the people that were hosting the wedding to pay it and I think the taxpayers would also ask for that,” said Councilman Bill Widmer.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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