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1.8 Billion Dollar Man
From Tax Payer Treasure Hunt - Obama's Costs & Presidential Spending
Did you know that, despite a token salary, Barack Obama has the most expensive lifestyle in human history, costing more than any other US president? That taxpayers pay $300,000 for every night he spends at the Camp David retreat? That, even after adjusting for inflation, the entire Versailles palace in France could be completely rebuilt every single year for what it costs to support the current US President? That his limousine costs over $2 million? That he has the most expensive fleet of aircraft in the world?
John Groom and his researchers have just completed the first ever complete investigation into the costs of the White House, and you’ll see how, even in the midst of recession, the US president lives like a king.
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What Bloggers and Reviewers are Saying:
"The environmental angle here is really quite simple. No organization can be Green, or even claim to support such a notion if it is this big and bloated. Moreover, under these rubrics, there cannot be some sort of exemption for the White House, just because it is the White House. Either the future of the planet is at stake, or it isn't. Only don't hold your breath waiting for his supporters to call him on this."
- From Shaw's Eco-Logic
"I usually refrain from writing about politics. Why? Because this stuff is an invitation to scream. Thankfully, reason trumps emotion. At least with John Groom, author of The 1.8 Billion Dollar Man. This book makes politics interesting, which is a high compliment given the junk that competes for the public’s attention these days. The book is informative and very authoritative, another major plus. Consider the following: Groom takes the reader through a step-by-step analysis of how the White House is a symbol of spending one crazy. Air Force One, Marine One, staffers, Secret Service agent, offices galore — The 1.8 Billion Dollar Man is out control! Increasingly, it seems like the White House is a grand stage for a reality TV show where we, the viewers and taxpayers, foot the bill for a financial rave that will bankrupt this nation. The 1.8 Billion Dollar Man is definitely worth your attention. Groom’s research is impeccable. I consider this book a civics lesson and a sober reminder that vigilance is the requirement of good government. Be wise — and be frugal!"
- From Barry News
"Curious to know why the federal government is a monetary sinkhole? Well, follow the money! That admonition, which comes from the cinematic depiction of Deep Throat in All the President’s Men, is even more true in our actual lives. In fact, the real hero of Washington, DC, is not a mysterious figure who periodically meets with Robert Redford (as Bob Woodward) offering clues that will cause the President of the United States to resign and deliver us from corruption. The real hero of the nation’s capital is John Groom, author of the new ebook The $1.8 Billion Man — a thorough investigation of what it really costs to run the White House.
Mr. Groom uses the White House as an example of the budgetary excess that, sadly, defines the way the federal government operates. While a small figure when viewed within the context of the budget as a whole, Groom’s point has greater currency, so to speak, as a metaphor for action: He shows us, with compelling evidence and lucid prose, how the White House – the very symbol of the executive branch and the nation – is a veritable kingdom of staff, administrators, cooks, valets, sycophants, servants and luxury. And the profligacy goes all the way to the top, with President Barack Obama “earning” a base salary of $400,000 a year! $The $1.8 Billion Man, indeed!
The strength of this book is in its exhaustive analysis. No mere polemic for “Team R” versus “Team D” in the political contest for control of federal power, this book is a primer about the cost of running the White House and the various perks of working at the seat of power. For example: it costs more than $56,000 per hour to operate Air Force One! Now calculate the number of times the president uses Air Force One to travel the country and the world, with many of these visits bearing little or no connection to genuine matters of state.
I highly recommend The $1.8 Billion Man because of its accuracy, evidence, clear writing and notable points of reference. John Groom understands the urgency for change. Forget about hope. Let’s dedicate ourselves to change. We can do so by purchasing The $1.8 Billion Man.
- From Welcome to the White House: A Metaphor for Budgetary Excess at Luke Ford Net