Reports reveal that American taxpayers spend $1.4 billion a year on funding the White House alone. This includes staffing, transportation, housing and entertainment, all for the Obamas.
In his book The 1.4 Billion Dollar Man: Costs of the Obama White House, author John Groom explains how researchers figured out this statistic.
“One of the most important things to note about the $1.4 billion figure is that it specifically does NOT include the cost of running the White House’s policy operations – the $1.4 billion is money that is directly related to the president and his family,” Groom wrote, according to Daily Caller.
Here’s Groom’s full breakdown of how much of your tax dollars go towards the White House.
• President’s salary and allowance: $450,000
• White House building operating expenses: $14,658,000
• White House Grounds: $6,057,000
• Vacations: $20,000,000
• Health care for the first family, including traveling medical staff and equipment: $7,000,000
• Campaign expenses not reimbursed to government: $311,000,000
• White House staff: $7,985,420
• Office of Administration budget: $14,481,000
• Special missions including White House Communications Agency: $161,252,000
• Military salary costs: $153,441,360
• Salary costs for presidential airlift squadron: $75,000,000
• Presidential plane fleet: $44,000,000
• Presidential helicopter fleet: $300,000,000
• Ground transportation: $2,200,000
• Transportation total: $346,200,000
• Secret Service: $259,152,884
In his book, Groom condemns Obama’s overspending, saying he’s become too much of a “God-like” figure.
“We need to return to the idea of the president as first citizen – a very important person, but not a deity,” Groom wrote. “He and his administration should run their lives as examples to the nation, with frugality and simplicity, at least until the huge institution they run, the United States government, returns to some degree of solvency.”
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