By now, we all know that America is running dangerously low on cash or even credit – hence the need to raise the national debt ceiling. You would think this would encourage, if not mandate, minimal spending by the federal government. And yet, that has not been the case.
In fact, Biden seems to spend like it’s going out of style. And no, I’m not just talking about the newly passed $1.75 trillion and unconstitutional infrastructure bill.
Instead, I’m talking about all the reckless spending Biden and his family have done regarding personal vacations.
Did you know that out of the 43 weeks Joe Biden has been the president of the United States, he has taken no less than 25 personal trips?
And most have been nothing more than weekend trips to one of his properties in his home state of Delaware. As you may know, he has one in Wilmington, Delaware, a lake house home in the suburbs. But he also has one in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which was purchased for $2.7 million in 2017.
Now, I know that Delaware is not all that far from the White House, particularly not compared to former President Donald Trump’s frequented home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. And these are only weekend trips, usually.
However, the cost of such trips adds up rather quickly – and guess who’s paying for it all…
That’s right, you and me. It’s our hard-earned tax money that is allowing our dementia-ridden president to get a few days of R&R.
But we aren’t the only ones who should be concerned.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton has grown increasingly troubled with such costs, as well. And he should be. He told Fox News, “The costs of presidential travel and security is of obvious public interest.”
According to The New York Post, his 16 trips back home to Delaware have cost no less than $1.96 million. However, when we add in the other nine visits, it adds up to a whopping $3 million.
Oh, and did I mention that this is just the cost to bring the ever-present Secret Service along?
That doesn’t even begin to include the cost of travel, food, entertainment, and anything else you can think of that the first family might do while on their trips.
Nor does it account for the travel, lodging, food, multiple vehicles, caravans, etc., that his immediate staff requires when they accompany him. Then, of course, there is their overtime pay, salaries, or whatever is needed to compensate for their time spent with the president.
By the way, when Biden decides to go to his beach home, or really anywhere where access to him is an option via waterways, the Coast Guard has to be called to full attention and on high alert. This means that for the 16 trips that he has taken to his Delaware properties, with most of them being to Rehoboth Beach, the Coast Guard has had to be on patrol for days at a time.
I imagine that’s not a cheap bill, either.
And what is even more frustrating is that the Pentagon is still refusing to release even rough estimates of what a flight on either Air Force One or Marine One costs, on average.
We know the jet fuel needed for such travel is excessive, and due to inflation and rising oil prices, it is likely only to get worse. And we also understand that the cost to fly such an aircraft as Air Force One is likely far more expensive than most flights.
But as for the actual cost accrued for even a short flight to Delaware, it’s looking as though the $3 million spent on the Secret Service is the least of our problems.
As the Post reported, Fitton says, “It is frustrating that after years of litigation through two presidential administrations, the Secret Service and Air Force are still stonewalling the costs of presidential travel.”
Just as I said, the costs add up far too quickly. And it all falls on you and me to pay for it. Meanwhile, the country and our own finances fall further into debt so that Biden can be kept hidden away from the public eye and get some rest from his do-nothing administration.