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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Government Expenses (tax payers money)

In the United States, the informal political term "czar" or "tsar" is employed in media and popular usage to refer to high-level officials who oversee a particular policy.

Here is a interesting summary table -------

Number of czars per administration

Franklin Roosevelt 1933–1945...... 11
Harry Truman 1945–1953.............. 6
Dwight Eisenhower 1953–1961...... 1
Lyndon Johnson 1963–1969.......... 3
Richard Nixon 1969–1974............ 3
Gerald Ford 1974–1977................ 2
Jimmy Carter 1977–1981.............. 2
Ronald Reagan 1981–1989............ 1
George H. W. Bush 1989–1993..... 2
Bill Clinton 1993–2001.................. 8
George W. Bush 2001–2009....... 33
Barack Obama 2009–................. 38

The listing of Czars for President Obama that includes salary (most do not) range from.....
Faith-Based Czar * – Joshua DuBois
Title: Director of the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Salary: $98,000
Reports to: President Obama
Appointed: February 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Health and Human Services

Intelligence Czar * – Dennis Blair
Title: Director of National Intelligence
Salary: $197,700
Reports to: President Obama
Appointed: January 2009
Confirmed by Senate: January 28, 2009
Agency that might have handled similar issues: CIA

I wonder what the job description is for a Czar?
Why did we start out with 11 and end up with 38 when several Presidents in between had only 1 or 2?
Most are appointed and not confirmed by congress. How are the funds for these salaries appropriated? If the government had a budget (ha ha ha) how in the world would they be able to know how much money to set aside for this expense if it seems to vary like this?
Presidential travel
President Bush was the most travelled president in history, beating the record set by President Clinton, who in turn beat the record set by President George H. W. Bush.
Here is a report from the government of travel for out of country travel for President Clinton.

United States General Accounting Office
Washington, D.C. 20548
Results in Brief Presidential travel to foreign destinations requires planning, coordination,
and logistical and personnel support.

The estimated incremental costs of  President Clinton’s trips to Africa, Chile, and China were at least
$42.8 million, $10.5 million, and $18.8 million, respectively. The largest of
these costs consisted of (1) operating expenses of the President’s aircraft
and other military passenger and cargo aircraft; (2) travel expenses,
including lodging for the travelers; and (3) telecommunications, vehicle,
and other equipment rentals and procurement in the countries visited.
These estimates exclude (1) Secret Service expenses, which are classified;
(2) regular salaries and benefits of U.S. government civil and military
travelers; and (3) agency planning expenses that may have been incurred in
preparing to travel.
The executive branch does not have a single system to account for the cost
of presidential travel overseas, and the agencies involved use a variety of
means to account for expenses. The Department of State routinely
accounts for travel, equipment rental, and other costs to support
presidential travel. Other agencies that incurred costs in support of the
Africa, Chile, and China trips had records available on their costs as well.

These were costs in 2001 market, not today's. This is a list of visits President Obama has made so far to other countries and how many times.....He is definitely the new record winner.
1 visit....... Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Vatican City

2 visits....... Afghanistan, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, United Kingdom

3 visits....... France

This does not reflect how much travel has been done within the U.S.  
Here is the travel that was done by Presicent Obama from Aug. to Dec. 2010

Aug 2 Atlanta, Disabled Veterans Convention
Aug 4, 5 Chicago
Aug 14 Obama Family to Panama City, Gulf Coast
Aug 16 ZBB Energy, Menomonee Falls, WI; Los Angeles CA DCCC
Aug 17 Seattle WA Nat Assoc Insurance Commissioners
Aug 18 Columbus OH, Miami FL
Aug 19 - 29 Obama Family Marthas Vineyard MA
Aug 29 New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana
Aug 31 Fort Bliss Texas
Sep 3-5 Camp David
Sep 6 Laborfest Milwaukee Wisconsin;
Sep 8 Cleveland Ohio
Sep 14 Masterson School, Philadelphia PA
Sep 16 New York City, Connecticut
Sep 24 New York City ASEAN
Sep 27 Albuquerque
Sep 28 Madison, Des Moines
Sep 29 Richmond VA
Oct 7 Chicago
Oct 10 Philadelphia
Oct 15 Delaware
Oct 22 Los Angeles, Las Vegas
Oct 20 Portland, OR
Oct 21 Seattle
Oct 25 Rhode Island
Oct 29 Maryland
Oct 30 Chicago
Nov 4 - 9 Mumbai, Amritsar, and New Delhi, India
Nov 9-14 Indonesia, Japan, Korea
Nov 19, 20 Lisbon, Portugal EU Summit
Dec 3 Bagram Afghanistan
Dec 6 Forsyth Technical, Winston-Salem NC
Dec 18 Hawaii (vacation)

Seems impossible right? Well remember that there is no airport parking needed, no ticket counter lines, no metal detectors and a whole lot more than peanuts!

Air Force1 is the most magnificent plane ever.........
Capable of refueling midair, Air Force One has unlimited range and can carry the President wherever he needs to travel. The onboard electronics are hardened to protect against an electromagnetic pulse, and Air Force One is equipped with advanced secure communications equipment, allowing the aircraft to function as a mobile command center in the event of an attack on the United States.

Inside, the President and his travel companions enjoy 4,000 square feet of floor space on three levels, including an extensive suite for the President that features a large office, lavatory, and conference room. Air Force One includes a medical suite that can function as an operating room, and a doctor is permanently on board. The plane’s two food preparation galleys can feed 100 people at a time.

Air Force One also has quarters for those who accompany the President, including senior advisors, Secret Service officers, traveling press, and other guests. Several cargo planes typically fly ahead of Air Force One to provide the President with services needed in remote locations.

The problem costs a lot of money to fly Air Force 1. How much money is allotted for Presidential travel?  Oh that's right....we don't have a balanced budget....just a blank check.

Well, if you hadn't already figured it out I am a little hot under the collar and let me tell you, I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I think I could find something to cut other than our military!


Tiggeriffic said...

I'm with you in every word you wrote and every comma and period. My Faith has turned to God as he is my stronghold and I would rather follow him because he is the Truth.. Unlike our Government that has turned into a big stinking mess and I have NO faith in the these people. WOW~ I just pray for our country and hope that the people of the U.S.A. will wake up and smell the coffee and not be led around like sheep. Stand up and do their homework like you have done.
Have a great day~ ta ta for now from Iowa:)

Granny Annie said...

We are a country of excess!!! (In all the wrong places)

Dorothy said...

I also agree with every word but was surprised to see someone actually state all this on a blog.
Prayer is the only answer out of this mess we are now in
Thanks for this ost.

Linda Chapman said...

My sentiments EXACTLY!

Far Side of Fifty said...

It is a that is going to take a long time to straighten out..IF it isn't already too late... I see no end in sight good politicians waiting in the wings either:(

Tiggeriffic said...

Giving it the title czar almost sounds like communism. M- m- isn't that what veterans day was all about.. ? these boys and girls went to war to keep us from communism. The movement is like a turtle,,slow but sure.. Have a great day ~ ta ta for now from Iowa:)

Allison said...

Amazing post! Wow.. and you do keep informed! I'm always slightly amazed at how much variety there is on your blog. Great job!

Lady Di Tn said...

WOW I knew abuse of power was great but this is too excess. Looks like less trips and some Czars should be cut before our military. I am so proud of you for putting this in writing . Thanks and Peace be with you.