What can you buy for $1.4 billion a year?
ly-last-year-perks-questioned-in-new-book/#ixzz27fVs2szB> You can buy the
most luxurious and costly royal presidency in history.
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
Author Robert Keith Gray writes in "Presidential Perks Gone Royal" that
Obama isn't the only president to have taken advantage of the expensive
trappings of his office. But the amount of money spent on the first family,
he argues, has risen tremendously under the Obama administration and needs
to be reined in.
Gray told The Daily Caller that the $1.4 billion spent on the Obama family
last year 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 air line."
Perspective: $1.4 billion is equal to spending seven times Mitt Romney's
entire net-worth every year. If Romney had to pay for Barack and Michelle's
lifestyle this year, he would have been bankrupted by the third week in
Now, can we please get back to talking about the evil, freeloading rich
people, who didn't build anything and who need to "pay a little bit more."