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  1. #1 Obama family 'costs taxpayers $1.4BILLION per year' 
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    Obama family 'costs taxpayers $1.4BILLION per year' (that's 20 times more expensive than British Royal Family)

    Politicians looking for savings to deal with the national debt crisis should perhaps start by abolishing the President. Barack Obama and his family cost the taxpayer $1.4billion per year, according to a recently published book. By contrast, the British Royal Family costs less than $60million each year. This means paying for hundreds of Secret Service agents, travel in the secure space of Air Force and funding a team of doctors to follow Mr Obama around.

    But even this essential expense can be exploited to political ends, according to Mr Gray, a former staffer for Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

    When the President travels around the country on campaign, he is obliged to take Air Force One. His party reimburses the taxpayer with the cost of a first-class air ticket per passenger - but this is far from the full cost to taxpayers. It also provides a President running for re-election with a national transport network which is unavailable to his challenger.

    Moreover, much of the money spent on Mr Obama's family goes to perks such as entertainment and household expenses. For example, the White House contains a movie theatre which is manned by projectionists 24 hours a day in case one of the family feels like a trip to the cinema.

    And even the Obamas' dog Bo costs the taxpayer thousands of dollars - his handler is reportedly paid over $100,000 a year.

    Another huge presidential outgoing, according to Mr Gray, comes in the form of staff members who can be appointed by the commander-in-chief at his own personal discretion. 226 members of Mr Obama's staff are apparently paid over $100,000 - and the President can increase their salaries at any time.

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    So this is the meaning of 'shared sacrifice', eh?
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  2. #2 Senior Lookout: Social Security cuts will affect us all 
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    Much has been made of the desire to keep Social Security benefits intact for current and soon-to-be retirees, but a new proposal involving changes to the way Social Security cost-of-living increases are calculated, would actually mean a loss to those who are most dependent upon those benefits.

    That not only affects seniors, it affects widowed spouses, disabled children, and adults.

    The increase would be figured, not on the current system, but on something called the “chained CPI” or chained consumer price index. The important difference is that those benefits would grow more slowly.

    Small reductions to the cost-of-living raises might seem insignificant at first, but over the long term, could result in the largest reductions affecting the oldest and longest term disabled individuals.

    AARP provides the following example: 92-year-old beneficiaries who were on the program for 30 years, would see their benefits cut by 8.4 percent. Disabled children could see the largest cuts over their lifetimes.
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    How is obama working out for you?
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    Couldn't we just cut him a check for $1.4B, with the proviso that he just goes away?

    That would pass any Benefit/Cost analysis, IMHO...
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    Michelle Obama's Irish/German/African Pre-Summer Vacation

    Every year, like clockwork, Mrs. Obama exploits the president's official business responsibilities to squeeze in a pre-summer vacation, otherwise known as a PSV. A PSV is where vacation junkie Michelle finds a way to finagle a series of trips at the taxpayer's expense.

    Here is how it's done: The president announces his plan to attend the G8 summit at the Lough Erne resort in Northern Ireland. Michelle convinces Barack to schedule some sort of secondary sideshow so the family can use it as an excuse to travel in the highest possible style, cost-free, compliments of the American taxpayer.

    On this trip, the ancillary appearance will be in Belfast where President Obama will subject Irish students to a sizeable dose of his customary blarney. Michelle, as well as Sasha and Malia, will all grit their teeth and endure the Belfast students' speech.

    Let's remember, this is the woman who couldn't find the time to meet and spend diplomatic time with China's first lady Peng Liyuan at the Sunnylands Summit in Rancho Mirage, California because she had to stay home for the weekend to help her daughters close out the school year at Sidwell Friends. When it comes to sharing the spotlight with a slender and attractive first lady from overseas, suddenly Michelle becomes a homebody. >>>

    Michelle and the girls will then climb aboard Air Force One, fly home, unpack, and then repack for the next leg of the PSV. From June 26th until July 3rd the travelling Obamas will venture forth on a $60-100 million trip to sub-Saharan Africa that a White House Official is saying is "long overdue." >>>

    On a 2011 pre-summer vacation the first lady and the girls toured South Africa without the president. In Botswana, Michelle feasted on fried fat cakes. If she chooses to indulge in similar fried fare this time around, even if she choses to sit out the Riverdance, she really should seize the opportunity to dance with the Masai tribe in Tanzania. After all, up next is the "official" summer vacation in August at a 28-acre luxury estate in Martha's Vineyard, and Michelle soon will need to fit into her swimsuit.

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