Friday, January 01, 2016


There are few things that right-wing rage junkies enjoy more than cost accountings of Democratic presidents' vacations -- and, evil liberal that I am, there are few things I enjoy more than subjecting those accountings to simple grade-school math.

Former Laura Bush flack and L.A. Times columnist Andrew Malcolm, now at the deeply propagandistic editorial page of Investor's Business Daily, greets the new year with this:
New Obama vacation costs uncovered; They now exceed $70 million

As Barack, Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama, family, friends, pets and staff enjoy their half-month-long Hawaiian vacation, the Secret Service finally complied with a court order to release some Obama vacation expenses from two years ago.

That's how eager the Obama administration is about being transparent when it comes to spending large sums of taxpayers' money on itself.

As with the slow-motion releases of Hillary Clinton's emails, the idea of bureaucratic stalling, of course, is that the details become "old" news more likely to be ignored by media. Fortunately, we're not on vacation this week, so we can help the president out. Here goes:

The new expense reports, heavily-redacted allegedly for security reasons, push the total known costs for vacations during Obama's reign to nearly $71 million -- with another full year to go. That's about $10.1 million per year in known expenses.
Omigod! $71 million! Over seven years!

Okay, let's see: The estimated population of the U.S. in 2014 was 318.9 million, according to Google. If each of the 318.9 million Americans paid an equal share of that $71 million, every resident's cost would have been ... approximately 22 cents. Paid out over seven years.

That's a bit more than three cents per person per year.

Does that sting, Andrew? Email me -- I'll happily pay your share.


Victor said...

Maths doesn't phase them.

It only peoves to them that you're a Libtard tool of Satan.

Numbers, and forms of maths, were eiher created by them homophobes Greeks, or them Lucifer-lickin' Aaaaaaaaaaarabs!

So, math don't cut it.
Not when they know in their hearts that O'Blackie's Mooooozlim family reunions cost tax payers 666 Bazillion dollars fer each trip!

Happy New year, to one and all!!!

Ten Bears said...

George Who? Crawford where?1

gocart mozart said...

Isn't the cost almost exclusively Air Force One: SS and staff are on salary and the POTUS pays for his own room and board while on vacation.

nancydrew said...
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nancydrew said...

From two years ago:

Which first lady flies highest, Michelle vs. Laura.

But who's counting?

I suppose the bigger problem is that no one is clearing brush -- that favorite pastime of ranch-owning presidents. Not sure what they cleared at Kennebunkport.

Unknown said...

Among my dream jobs is getting paid for acting as the representative of enough common stock in publicly-trading companies to allow me to attend their annual stockholder meetings and ask each of the company's officers and board members to justify why they're paid more than the POTUS.

Linkmeister said...

The pets stayed behind in DC, too. They're not here in Hawai'i.