President Barack Obama is headed to Hawaii for a posh 20-day vacation costing some $4 million to the taxpayers. The First Family will head to Kailua, where they’ll erect barricades to prevent the commoners from interacting with them. But it’s not the cost and inconvenience that Americans should wonder about – it’s the timing. President Obama heads out of town from December 17 to January 6. The fiscal cliff is slated to hit on January 2.

And there’s no sign that President Obama is anywhere close to a deal with Congressional Republicans on averting the fiscal cliff. Which means that as he sips Mai Tais and lounges in the sun, Americans everywhere will be skimping on their Christmas shopping, just in case their taxes skyrocket on January 2.

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