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There is Prodigality, But this is Ridiculous! by The Elephant's Child

The United States Government spent 200 times more on the Obamas than the British spent on the royal family. Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining for President Obama and his family, according to Presidential Perks Gone Royal by Robert Keith Gray. In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57 million on the royal family.

The $1.4 billion is the total cost of the Presidency, factoring the cost of “the biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever” a 50 percent increase in the numbers of appointed czars, and an Air Force One “running with the frequency of a scheduled airline.”Gray said “the most concerning thing, I think, is the use of taxpayer funds to actually abet his re-election.”

Taxpayer dollars are subsidizing Obama’s re-election effort when he uses Air Force One to jet across the country campaigning. When the trip is deemed political, it’s customary for the president to pay the equivalent of a first class commercial ticker for certain passengers, but that hardly covers the taxpayer cost of flying the president and his staffers around on Air Force One.

There are, however, special perks: The president can vacation for free at Camp David. Gray says that each round trip to Camp David costs the taxpayers $25,350. It is also estimated that the combined transportation and personnel costs for a Camp David visit are $295,000 per night.

The president has a full-time movie projectionist in the White House Theater. Projectionists sleep at the White House and are there 24 hours a day in case anyone needs to see a movie. “Compared to the 450 times President Carter used the movie theater in his four years in the White House, the average American citizen goes out to see a movie slightly less than five times a year.” Gray writes.

The president’s dog gets its own high-paid staffer. “Bo made the news when he and his handler were flown to join the president on vacation in Maine.” Gray wrote about the Obama family dog. “It has been reported that the first family’s dog handler was paid $102,000 last year.”

Aside from a salary, the president gets a $50,000 a year expense account, a $100,000 travel account, a $19,000 entertainment budget and an additional million for “unanticipated needs.”

There is no mechanism, said Gray, ” for anyone’s objection if a president were to pay his chief of staff $5,000,000. a year. And nothing but a president’s conscience can dissuade him from buying his own reelection with use of some public money.”

It was reported elsewhere that Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s Rasputin, has been assigned full-time Secret Service protection, which would be 6 agents 24 hours a day, including on the Martha’s Vineyard vacation.

How odd that in all these lavish expenditures, we cannot seem to find the funds to secure a consulate in Benghazi.



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The part about all this that really tics me off (besides all the money spent) is that Obama, who rails against the rich, has decided to live as a stereotypical Hollywood version of rich. The over-large staff, multiple planes for family members (and the dog!), the expensive vacations, Michelle’s taste in clothing… All of it is a projection of what “the rich” live like. The problem is, Obama isn’t doing any of this with his own money – it’s all charged off to the taxpayer. And the hell of it is, Obama could very well afford to do most of this on his own dime.


Comment by Lon Mead

You know, if you think back, Obama has been “given” most of what he has, as opposed to having worked for and earned it. He got a special deal on his house from Tony Rezko, and on the lot next door. Bill Ayres at least helped to rewrite his book. Bill Ayres put him in charge of the Annenberg Challenge, which lost what — $100 million to transform Chicago schools — and it was all just wasted. Orders came down at the University of Chicago to find some position for him. The Majority Leader of the State Senate decided that he was going to “Make me a Senator.” Makes for high expectations and little sense of working to achieve something, nor understanding of the private sector, only an understanding of the crony capitalism that seems to underlie Chicago politics. All just coincidental, of course.


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