‘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.’

December 7, 2012

Mark Steyn has some incisive observations about an aspect of big government that you’d think all Americans (including the side that consider “fairness” one of their highest values) could agree on.

In his recent book Presidential Perks Gone Royal, Robert Keith Gray, a former Eisenhower staffer, revealed that last year the U.S. presidency cost American taxpayers $1.4 billion. Over the same period, the entire royal family cost British taxpayers about $57 million. There’s nothing “royal” about the current level of “presidential perks”: The Obama family costs taxpayers more than every European royal house put together.

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3 Responses to “‘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.’”

  1. Snoodickle Says:

    If President of the United States is the most important job in the world, shouldn’t it also be the highest paid?

    • Tevyeh Says:

      “Importance” has a very weak relationship with monetary value. Diamonds have a much higher value per unit of mass than water, even though their “importance” is much lower. The monetary value of a job is no different.

      Anyway, if a corporate CEO got the kind of perks Steyn refers to, but paid no taxes on their value, he’d end up in serious hot water with the IRS.


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