Feeding and Caring for Obama Costs Over a Million a Week
President Obama launched the third annual SAVE program to cut government cost to great fanfare. According to Obama, "These are important steps that can save taxpayers billions of dollars over the next several years. We're cutting what we don't need so that we can invest in what we do need."
A more realistic assessment is that the winning proposals, if enacted, would save at most 1 million a year.
Administration officials said the intent of the program is to eliminate government waste in five areas: travel, vehicles, technology, printing and "swag," such as caps and coffee mugs with a federal insignia.
Get that? Savings in travel.
Discretionary Use Of Private Aircraft:
(One of 2 Boeing 747-200Bs "Air Force One"):
Annual Costs: 700 hours @ $65,000/hr: $45,500,000
But then the savings in "caps and coffee mugs with a federal insignia" just might offset the cost of Michelle's Arugula and Kobe steaks.
The total cost of the presidency?
Annual Expenses Total: $59,077,000
Four Years of Same: $236,308,000
Pension And Related Benefits:
Present value of Pension Benefits ($200,000 per year): $2,251,556
Total Expenses: $238,559,556
Average Annual Expenses: $59,639,889
So the President touts a program that he says is going to save billions over "the next several years" when a realistic estimate is more like a couple of million and he spends that in a week?
This fits in with Victor Davis Hanson's account of Obama's "imaginarium" in which,
"The presidency of Barack Obama is full of funny things that need not follow any sort of logic. Images and ideas just pop in and out, without worry of inconsistency, contradiction, or hypocrisy. It's a fascinating mish-mash of strange heroes and bogeymen, this imaginarium of our president."