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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 02:42 PM

Using Boehner’s Logic GOP Owes Taxpayers $124 Million for Bush Vacation Travel

from Jason Easley at PoliticusUSA: http://www.politicususa.com/gop-owes-taxpayers-124-million-bush-vacation-travel.html


April 26, 2012

While trying to distract America from the fact that his own caucus passed a budget that would double the interest rate on student loans, Speaker of the House John Boehner is whipping up the faux outrage over the cost of President Obama’s travel this week. Today, Boehner said, “This week, the President traveled across the country on taxpayers’ dime, at a cost of $179,000 an hour, insisting that Congress fix a problem that we were already working on. Frankly, I think this is beneath the dignity of the White House.”

Not surprisingly, John Boehner was totally silent when President George W. Bush was setting the presidential record for most vacation days. Bush was not only on vacation more than any other president. He spent more money on non-official travel than any other president in American history. As president, George W. Bush used Air Force One to fly to his ranch in Crawford, TX for vacation.

Boehner’s comments about the cost of Obama’s travel got us thinking about how much money the Republican Party owes taxpayers for George W. Bush’s non-official vacation travels. Using a method that we have cleverly coined Boehner Math, this is what we came up with.

Number of George W. Bush flights for vacation in Crawford, TX: 77
Cost of running Air Force One: $179,000/hour
Flight time one way from the White House to Crawford: 4.5 hours
Cost of one way flight: $805,500
Roundtrip cost: $1,611,000
Total cost to taxpayers of Bush’s vacation trips to the ranch: $124,047,000

Unlike President Bush who used Air Force One as personal vacation and campaign jet, President Obama’s events were held to discuss the public policy issue of the impending increase in the student loan interest rate. Bush spent over $124 million of our tax dollars flying to Crawford to clear brush, and while he was doing this Republicans like John Boehner never demanded that he pay back the cost of his travel to the taxpayers.


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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 02:51 PM

1. Carping about presidential travel expenses is like complaining about school cafeteria food.

People love to do it. In this country we take turns based on when our side is out of office.

IMO the expense of Leon Panetta's near weekly travel for California weekends is rather more egregious, but opinions on that get different mileage.

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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 02:53 PM

2. And for who knows how many Katrina photo-ops.



He didn't do shit to help but he would go down there and roll up his sleeves and step off
AF-1 just long enough for the photogs to snap some pics and then he was outta there.





Sleaze bag POS was as inept a con man as he was a president.


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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 02:56 PM

3. The failure of this logic

is that it will never apply to republicans.

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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 03:00 PM

4. boner math

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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:02 PM

5. .

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