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11 March 2013

America's Royal Family Costs More Than Six Times The Cost Of All Eight Royal Families In Europe...COMBINED.


Charles Cooke over at NRO has tallied up the total for the Obamas' cost of living in the White House: $1.4 billion per year.

The executive mansion is not in that much trouble, of course. It’s certainly not in sufficiently dire straits for Air Force One ($181,757 per hour) to be grounded, or to see the executive chef ($100,000 per year) furloughed, or to cut back on the hours of the three full-time White House calligraphers ($277,050 per year for the trio), or to limit the invaluable work of the chief of staff to the president’s dog ($102,000 per year), or to trim his ridiculous motorcade ($2.2 million). If Ellen DeGeneres wants another dancercize session or Spain holds another clothing sale, the first family will be there before you can say “citizen executive.” Fear ye not, serfs: Austerity may be the word of the week, but the president is by no means in any danger of being forced to live like the president of a republic instead of like a king.

The current annual cost of the White House — just in household expenses, not the policy operations for which it exists — is $1.4 billion: Annually, presidential vacations cost $20 million (the low estimate for one presidential vacation to Hawaii is $4 million, but the true cost is probably five times that); the first family’s yearly health-care costs are $7 million; more than $6 million is spent on the White House grounds each year. Transporting the president cost $346 million last year. But as Michelle Obama might say, America is basically a downright mean sort of place, so the tours will just have to go. One hopes at least that the calligraphers were recruited to sign the docents’ pink slips.

I spent a few minutes researching the cost to the taxpayer of the 8 ruling families in the UK and Europe:  British, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Danish, Belgian, and Luxembourgian.   To put it mildly:  The American Omperor is higher maintenance than my (former) Queen and the other 7 monarchs and their families...COMBINED.

Cost to taxpayers of the 8 ruling families in the UK & Europe:


British: $$57.8 million

Dutch: $49 million

Swedish: $15.2 million

Danish: $15.7 million

Belgian: $14 million

Spanish: $11.6 million

Norwegian: $35 million

Luxembourgian: $10.7 million

Total cost to taxpayers: $209 million

The Obamas cost more than 6 TIMES (6.7, to be exact) the amount that ALL of the ROYAL FAMILIES IN EUROPE COST....COMBINED. 
On the other hand, 46,609,072 Americans were on food stamps in 2012 with a record 47,791,996 in December.

Let them eat cake!  Indeed.

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