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Operating costs of Air Force one

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posted on Feb, 12 2009 @ 10:29 PM
With all of the fear mongering going on these days about the dire shape of the economy, and the president on TV almost every day and traveling all around to try and sell the country on the stimulus plan I wondered how much it costs the tax payers every time the president goes some where.

Well I found this link to a 10 page report from the Government on how much it costs to operate air force one per hour. This report came out in 2006 and is based on numbers from the year 2000 adjusted for inflation. Would you believe almost 57,000 dollars per hour.

So my point is why won't the president stay at home and save the tax payers some money if we are in such dire straits? Can any body remember the president saying at his news conference a couple days ago thanks for giving me a reason to use air force one. I mean come on first of all it was only about a 30 minute flight, so he could of gotten there another way. Then you have to factor in the cost of security detail and everything else.

I understand him wanting to meet the public but why do it at are expense.
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posted on Feb, 12 2009 @ 10:46 PM
Honestly? It is because they don't give a crap about us. We are only useful when it is time to get elected, then after that they can give a crap about us. As long as they proportion enough money to provide some entitlements to their base that is all that matters.

I have the same question on why congress keeps voting themselves pay raises, and doubling the size of their petty cash.

It is sicking.

posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 12:02 PM
Well with the stimulus bill passed now, I am still wondering why the president is flying to Denver to sign this bill. Why can he not do it from the white house and save us the money that is going to be spent on using air force one.

It seems there is no change here just the same old same old. Although he talks a good talk he is not really doing his share to cut back on spending.

posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 12:23 PM
Oh he will be getting plenty of use of Air Force One. Barack's only experience thus far is campaigning. It worked so well for him he decided to continue doing it after being sworn in. He went to Florida and Indiana to "campaign" for the stimulus pckg. I suspect we will see plenty more of the same.

posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 12:28 PM
Honestly, At least if he's going somewhere its not wasting money...

let me explain how it was explained to me while I was in the Air Force...

Air Force 1 is actually a collection of 3 identical aircraft... one of the three, is perpetually in the air... all the time, president or no president on board, its flying... I guess this is a strategic thing, because the country can literally be ran from AF1... I dunno...

So at least if the president is in the plane, its not just doing circles in the air somewhere... either way... even if he stayed in washington, the money is going to be spent...

posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 12:30 PM
And the POTUSEs have always used AFO for touring the country. What is your point?

Whether the POTUS is in the white house or afo, I am sure the operating costs would be the same.

All the presidents have always campaigned to sell their ideas.

If were not to take afo, and say drive instead. I am sure the cost of security and securing every gas station or train station along the way would even be more costly.

posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 12:58 PM
While I understand the frustration with our government expenditures, I must say that this looks like just an excuse to continue to complain when we have OH SO MUCH to go after. It seems rather silly.

I'm not trying to put down the OP. AFO is a big expense. But it has been used by every president since FDR, and though the make, model, and technology has changed over the decades, it is still a privilege of the US president, and he should have it. Just like he should have Marine one, and an advanced presidential limo. There are reasons for all of these things almost all of them strategic.

posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 01:12 PM

Originally posted by projectvxn
It seems rather silly.

Yeah, it's silly alright. Why should any opposition party tax dollars finance a President and Vice-President going around campaigning for their own party candidates?
They shouldn't. And further, it's about time that was outlawed. The top officials in this land need to be concentrating on our problems, not on who is getting elected. There's plenty of people doing that already just fine.

6 to 10 million more taxpayer dollars to fund this, when the people they are campaigning for are the very opponents of 50% of taxpayers paying for it? What is wrong with this picture? It sucks.

[edit on Mon Feb 16th 2009 by TrueAmerican]

posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 02:06 PM
reply to post by nj2day

While I see your point about one being in the air all the time my concern is that we have not had a crisis like this in a very long time and things are different. Why go to Denver to sign a bill and waste money on the security and everything when he could walk down the hall and sign it just as easy.

It seems all he does is travel and wont stay at the white house to actually do any work.

posted on Feb, 17 2009 @ 02:00 PM
I wanted to say I do kinda understand where you are coming from.

Last night I was watching a show about AFO ( I Want a TOUR! pout...)

And it showed GW in Africa for a week, a different spot every day. Then on the last day, they stop at a village to visit a community center or something, the little airport didn't have gas, so the military had to ship in three tankers to fill AFO.

I am thinking, how much did that *&^%$#@ cost? Why didn't they save the trip, save the environment, and just give them the money?

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