US taxpayers spent a staggering $1.4 Billion (yes, with a B) on the Obamas, according to author Robert Keith Gray in his new book PRESIDENTIAL PERKS GONE ROYAL!
Compare that to only $57.8 million the Brits shelled out for their royals, and you have to ask what is going on with President Obama. Now word comes that he and first lady Michelle, their two daughters, and Dog Bo will be spending an extended holiday vacation in Hawaii that will cost us taxpayers more than $4 million dollars. Double whammy, wow, over the top, beyond the pale, way too much vacation time, and much more.
But not to worry about the looming fiscal cliff, high unemployment rates, a constipated Congress, and a confused and hurting electorate. “The locals and other Americans will be paying for their vacation,” says The Hawaii Reporter. A large security team including US Secret Service, Coast Guard, Navy Seals, drivers, attendants and God knows who else will command a total of 22 vehicles. A commenter details the following list of costs: The US Air Force has listed the cost of travel as high as $181,757 per flight hour for the nine hour trip for a one way total of $1,635,813. A cargo plane will fly Obama’s 22 vehicles back and forth at another cost of $258,000, and locals are estimating that Oahu’s local security outlay could run as high as $250,000!
Where America’s Royals are staying will involve these vehicles having to wind through narrow one lane roads, further inconveniencing the population. But no matter: the President doesn’t have to worry about campaign rigors any more, and the first lady can relax after her exhausting, earlier vacations.
Can’t get much better than taking all of those trips on the taxpayer’s dime unless, of course, you happen to BE one of the lowly taxpayers. Spend now, spend a bunch, and let someone else pick up the tab describes Barack Obama’s idea of retail therapy as the nation stares headlong over the fiscal cliff. And taxpayers can undoubtedly expect big hikes in the coming year. Each citizen carries $150,000 of indebtedness as a result of Barack and Co’s trillion dollar per year spending spree. And gee, we can’t even call his holiday a Christmas break anymore. Kwanza anyone?
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