Everything about this Aspen Daily News story is repulsive:
Sheriffs miffed about Biden's impact on local communitiesMy first reaction to this was: Are you kidding me? The sheriff of the county that includes Aspen is bitching about money? You mean this Aspen?
Weekend visit by vice president was costly to local law enforcement
The sheriffs on both ends of the Roaring Fork Valley expressed their displeasure Sunday about the impact and costs that Vice President Joe Biden's short visit to Aspen this past weekend placed on their communities and agencies.
Helicopters buzzing above Aspen and multiple road closures along Highway 82 and Interstate 70 on Friday and Saturday accompanied Biden's entourage, which involved a 40-car motorcade and at least nine local law enforcement agencies.
Biden, who stayed in town for less than 24 hours, was here to speak at a private event involving journalist Charlie Rose and other entities, according to sources.
"The responsible thing to do when big corporations invite him here is to consider the impact not only financially on a small county but also everyone here," said Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo....
The lowest-priced single-family home on the market in Aspen is listed for $559,000. It's located in a trailer park.With that kind of money, there ought to be enough money to pay for a 40-car motorcade for every man, woman, and child in the county and surrounding counties, at will. I'm exaggerating, but not by much. Why does a place where at least 50 billionaires on the Forbes 400 list own property have any government budget worries?
... The average home price in this mountain town has increased over the past four years, to $6 million in 2010 from $5.4 million in 2006, according to multiple-listings data. The median price for single-family homes is now the highest in the country at $4.6 million, says San Francisco-based Altos Research, surpassing the Hamptons, Beverly Hills and Palm Beach.
Sales of luxury Aspen estates -- the sorts of over-the-top places with leather walls and outdoor heated infinity pools -- have remained remarkably healthy....
Last month, a home in the Maroon Creek neighborhood with an indoor heated swimming pool, basketball court and outdoor hot tub overlooking a waterfall sold for $13 million. The buyer was Russian Alexander Zanadvorov, the 40-year-old owner of Sedmoi Kontinent, a chain of supermarkets.
With celebrity regulars like Lance Armstrong and Goldie Hawn, Aspen is an anointed stop on the international jet-set circuit, a place where the wealthy come to play and spend....
And you have a problem with thorough security for the vice president of the United States? Do you seriously believe the protection the Executive Branch receives right now is excessive?
On the other hand, what is this crap Biden is jetting off to? A private confab organized by a huge private equity firm (well, Biden is from Delaware, after all), and hosted by that gaseous hero of liberal totebaggers, Charlie Rose?
(And did Biden go to this in order to grovel for cash for his 2016 presidential run, which is obviously going to end in failure? As awful as it is to be a plutocrat bootlicker, how much worse is it to be a plutocrat bootlicker when there isn't the slightest chance that you're going to get anything out of it?)
It's all repulsive. A meteor can't wipe our civilization out soon enough.