Thursday, September 27, 2012

1.4 Billion in Perks for the First Family

Diogenes

While the country is struggling in a recession made worse by Obama's economic policies, the first family is living high on the hog like no other occupants of the White House before. In a new book Presidential Perks Gone Royal by Robert Keith Gray, he details the exorbitant amount of money the taxpayers are shelling out for travel and comfort for Bo and Mo and the brood each year. 
"Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks."
"In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family...."
Gray also says 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 ticket for certain passengers. But Gray says that hardly covers the taxpayer cost of flying the president and his staffers around on Air Force One.
“When the United States’ billion-dollar air armada is being used politically, is it fair to taxpayers that we only be reimbursed by the president's campaign committee for the value of one first-class commercial ticket for each passenger who is deemed aboard ‘for political purposes?’” Gray asks in the book......
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"Doing this to us too, eh Mr. President?"
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