posted on Nov, 30 2012 @ 08:57 PM
My super conservative aunt posted this article on my social media, which you can find here:
Politicians looking for savings to deal with the national debt crisis should perhaps start by abolishing the President. Barack Obama and his family
cost the taxpayer $1.4billion per year, according to a recently published book. By contrast, the British Royal Family costs less than $60million each
Two of the principal costs of the the Obama presidency - and any other presidency - are staffing and security, according to Robert Keith Gray's book
Presidential Perks Gone Royal.
When it comes to keeping the First Family safe, few would dispute that it is worth paying a high price to keep the President safe from harm.
Now it's getting REALLY dirty: Outrageous film claiming Obama's mother once posed for pornographic pictures is sent to a million swing voters
This means paying for hundreds of Secret Service agents, travel in the secure space of Air Force and funding a team of doctors to follow Mr Obama
But even this essential expense can be exploited to political ends, according to Mr Gray, a former staffer for Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon,
Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Air Force One: The presidential jet is one massive White House expense
When the President travels around the country on campaign, he is obliged to take Air Force One.
His party reimburses the taxpayer with the cost of a first-class air ticket per passenger - but this is far from the full cost to taxpayers.
It also provides a President running for re-election with a national transport network which is unavailable to his challenger.
Moreover, much of the money spent on Mr Obama's family goes to perks such as entertainment and household expenses.
For example, the White House contains a movie theatre which is manned by projectionists 24 hours a day in case one of the family feels like a trip to
And even the Obamas' dog Bo costs the taxpayer thousands of dollars - his handler is reportedly paid over $100,000 a year.
Another huge presidential outgoing, according to Mr Gray, comes in the form of staff members who can be appointed by the commander-in-chief at his own
226 members of Mr Obama's staff are apparently paid over $100,000 - and the President can increase their salaries at any time.
I was looking for any information online to find the veracity of these statements, and they all link to the book Presidential Perks Gone Royal:
Your Taxes Are Being Used For Obama's Re-election
by Robert Keith Gray.
What's interesting is some people have commented on the book that Gray doesn't cite his sources, which makes it hard for me to believe what he has to
I'm actually kind of curious what the truth is because if this is true, that's way too much money to be spent on a president. If I were president, I
would be ashamed to know that much money was being spent on myself and my family. I'm also curious what the White House has to say to these claims,
but unfortunately I couldn't find anything about that. It's like it's pushed under the radar, and it only pops up on Fox News and random conservative
sites. I'm actually surprised it wasn't posted here.
If you couldn't tell, I'm a liberal, but even I think $1.4 Billion/year on our president is way too much.
edit on 11/30/2012 by Xaberz because:
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