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Mark Steyn-

Obama lives better than kings

 

From the New York Daily News:

“Snooki Gives Kate Middleton Advice on Being a New Parent.”

Great! Maybe Kate could return the favor and give Snooki and her fellow Americans some advice. About fiscal prudence, for example. Say what you like about a high-living, big-spending, bloated, decadent, parasitical, wastrel monarchy, but, compared to the citizen-executive of a republic of limited government, it’s a bargain. So, while the lovely Duchess of Cambridge nurses her baby bump, the equally radiant president of the United States nurses his ever more swollen debt belly. He and his family are about to jet off on their Christmas vacation to watch America slide off the fiscal cliff from the luxury beach resort of Kailua. The cost to taxpayers of flying one man, his wife, two daughters, and a dog to Hawaii is estimated at $3,639,622. For purposes of comparison, the total bill for flying the entire royal family (Queen, princes, dukes, the works) around the world for a year is £4.7 million — or about enough for two Obama vacations.

According to the USAF, in 2010 Air Force One cost American taxpayers $181,757 per flight hour. According to the Royal Canadian Air Force, in 2011 the CC-150 Polaris military transport that flew William and Kate from Vancouver to Los Angeles cost Her Majesty’s Canadian subjects $15,505 per hour — or about 8/100ths of the cost.


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  1. grayscape

    December 9th, 2012

    He’s not my king – I didn’t vote for him.

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  2. old_oaks

    December 9th, 2012

    If anyone in this country wants to tone down American exceptionalism, personal presidential expenditures would be the most appropriate place to start. I have no idea why we elevate the office as much as we do. While security is important, it is far too extravagant for any single human being, president or not. That’s why we have a process for replacing presidents.

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  3. Anonymous

    December 9th, 2012

    Obama must be reaching the point he’s played more golf games or had more vacations than all the other presidents combined.

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  4. squiggley

    December 9th, 2012

    Ummmm…make that Lord and Savior !!!!

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  5. Diann

    December 9th, 2012

    Sorry. I saw “Mark Steyn” and I went to my happy place….

    -sigh-

    …I’m back now.

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  6. cfm990

    December 9th, 2012

    I guess I’ll have another slice of cake.

    Madam Guillotine, please report for sharpening.

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  7. eternal ¼ cracker p

    December 9th, 2012

    Air Force One reportedly cost $56,800 per hour to operate in 2004.

    That’s 31.2% of the cost, just 8-9 years ago.

    At this rate, it will cost a mere quarter-MILLION dollars per hour by the time 0bama leaves office.

    Oh, shit, silly me – I’m assuming he can’t have a third term.

    Make that $400,000 per hour by the time he might leave office after his third term.

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  8. Ten Megaton

    December 9th, 2012

    “While security is important, it is far too extravagant for any single human being, president or not. That’s why we have a process for replacing presidents.”

    Good argument for suspending any and all security for this particular human being. Give the Secret Service a vacation.

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  9. Ten Megaton

    December 9th, 2012

    Freeloading slacker POS.

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  10. Jeannine

    December 9th, 2012

    Enjoy your trip not, you effin freeloaders.

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  11. bitterclinger

    December 9th, 2012

    I keep trying to take comfort in a recent Levin rant about Ogabe: The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

    Bari’s fall ought to be a doozy.

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  12. Nutjob

    December 9th, 2012

    To bad the plane wasn’t powered by solar panels and sudden cloud cover shows up midflight over the pacific.

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  13. Nutjob

    December 9th, 2012

    “Yep, thats right, its your money, thats why were waving, thank you for working harder, longer and for less pay and higher taxes”.

    “you guys might have to cut back if the economy starts to falter, but me and the spendocrats sure the fuck are not”.

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  14. Blink

    December 9th, 2012

    Parasites.

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  15. Nutjob

    December 9th, 2012

    People need to stop waving to the arrogent fuck and just start fipping him off.

    If he waves back that’ll just prove he’s a narcissists asshole.

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  16. NOLIKEO

    December 10th, 2012

    They are entitled. They have about worn out AF1. If he can work it out, next he will become King. I detest those grifters.
    I just can’t help it….

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  17. Fruit and Nut Statist

    December 10th, 2012

    ITs just a big fucking money sucking machine designed to suck the life out of America like a hood thug beating the life out of an old white man. And for the same reasons.

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  18. Fruit and Nut Statist

    December 10th, 2012

    The picture caption in a logical world would be “goodbye forever, we are moving to Kenya to raise goats”

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  19. Nutjob

    December 10th, 2012

    OR

    “Thank you my good people of Kenya for accepting and allowing my family exile until Holder files an appeal with the UN for my impeachment”

    “If you don’t have a palcae for me and my family, I shall have you build 1 for me”

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  20. Nutjob

    December 10th, 2012

    if you don’t have a palace

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  21. Jake

    December 10th, 2012

    Don’t blame me, I voted for the American.

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