It’s taken some time, however investigators from Freedom Watch have finally tabulated a closing journey invoice for former President Barack Obama, who made a lot use of America’s final journey — the magnificent, however dear Air Force One. Through persistent efforts through the years, the watchdog group has finished the mathematics and figured the whole value for Mr. Obama’s journey when in workplace. It’s simply wanting $100 million.
“We have rigorously tracked the journey prices President Obama incurred, and we’ve an replace. We have obtained data from the Secret Service and the Air Force in response to Freedom of Information Act requests that present Obama household journey value taxpayers a grand complete of $99,714,527,” studies director Tom Fitton. “Our nation has granted its presidents beautiful transport as a result of we’d like for our leaders to be environment friendly and protected. However, we don’t want for them to luxuriate on our tax .”
He is a exact investigator. The precise quantity right down to the final penny is $99,714,527 — and 82 cents.
The invoice relies totally on the fee to function Air Force One — someplace round $206,000 per hour, together with rental automobile charges, lodging for personnel and different elements. Mr. Fitton has a number of extra data requests pending, primarily for Secret Service prices associated to Mr. Obama’s journey after he left workplace and ventured to California after which a non-public resort in French Polynesia for a month.
With that, the tab may be closed out.
“For eight lengthy years, the Obamas spent our tax for a lavish jet-setting way of life. Many within the media solely deal with President Trump’s journey, however Barack Obama continues to value taxpayers along with his luxurious journey, and we goal to doc it. Of course, we’re additionally actively monitoring the journey bills of President Trump,” Mr. Fitton notes.
THE REAL REASON FOR EXTENDED TRUMP HATE
Several distinguished columnists have already warned the liberal media and the Democratic Party to chop again on infinite, detrimental information protection about President Trump. It’s merely unsustainable. And boring. Critics run out of insulting adjectives, scandals dry up, voters get weary. Enough already.
So why does the caterwaul proceed, at the same time as Mr. Trump approaches his sixth month in workplace? It’s about cash and momentum.
“Lots of individuals on the Left are earning profits, buoyed by a stage of anger and discontent among the many Democrat base that has not been seen for the reason that election of Abraham Lincoln,” factors out Thomas Lifson, founding father of American Thinker.
“Along with cash and enthusiasm, the ‘Blame Russia Strategy’ has created hovering expectations among the many voter base that President Trump might be faraway from workplace as a result of the proof of treason — thus far missing — simply have to be there, just because they want it so deeply. They see day by day revelations within the mainstream media which have created a synthetic ambiance of certainty,” Mr. Lifson continues.
“The media they see by no means backtrack and apologize for his or her exaggerations and falsehoods. The drumbeat continues unabated, and the animal spirits of the mob exceed the flexibility of norms to reasonable them.”
MONEY WOES FADING
“Americans are much less anxious about eight particular monetary points than they had been final yr, with issues about some points falling to their lowest ranges in a decade or extra,” studies Justin McCarthy, a Gallup analyst.
“U.S. adults are most involved about not having sufficient cash for retirement and never with the ability to pay medical prices of a severe sickness or accident, with 54 % saying they’re ‘very’ or ‘reasonably’ anxious about every. These two issues have sometimes been essentially the most worrisome points for Americans since Gallup started asking in regards to the assortment of eight monetary worries in 2001.”
Forty % fret about sustaining their “lifestyle, down from 51 % final yr. Thirty one % are involved about paying regular payments, down from 41 %, 26 % fear about paying the hire or mortgage, down from 34 % and 17 % fear about bank card payments, down from 21 %.”
There are marked partisan perceptions, nonetheless. Republicans seem afloat with optimism, Democrats within the doldrums. See the numbers within the Poll du Jour at column’s finish.
THE GOP TREASURE CHEST
The Grand Old Party is just a little grander this yr. The Republicans National Committee has raised a tidy $51 million in 2017 so far, plus there’s zero debt and a wholesome $41.four million readily available following a number of disbursements. Party leaders say the implications are constructive, even dramatic.
“The unprecedented fundraising by the RNC is because of one easy reality. Americans at each revenue stage consider that the Trump administration, Republican House and Senate represents the one biggest second in fashionable historical past to enhance the lives of our residents,” mentioned finance chairman Steve Wynn.
Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor Bret Baier has already been reporting dwell from Saudi Arabia this weekend to cowl President Trump’s first international journey, which has been spectacular thus far.
On Monday specifically, Mr. Baier will anchor dwell from Riyadh, set to interview members of the Saudi Royal Family, key members of the Trump administration and Muslim leaders. Their reactions to Mr. Trump’s presence of their nation ought to be attention-grabbing. And talking of spectacular, first woman Melania Trump — at residence on the worldwide stage — has already garnered a lot constructive press on her personal.
POLL DU JOUR
45 % of Republicans fear about having sufficient cash for retirement; 58 % of Democrats agree.
44 % of Republicans fear about severe medical prices; 61 % of Democrats agree.
34 % of Republicans fear about regular well being care prices; 42 % of Democrats agree.
30 % of Republicans fear about sustaining their lifestyle; 48 % of Democrats agree.
27 % of Republicans fear about paying regular month-to-month payments; 34 % of Democrats agree.
22 % of Republicans fear about paying for his or her youngsters’s faculty; 38 % of Democrats agree.
Source: A Gallup ballot of 1,019 U.S. adults carried out April 5-9 and launched Friday.
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