Biden spends $1 million a year on weekend travel?
By Doug Powers • June 9, 2012 02:08 PM
It certainly wouldn’t be surprising. After all, it was “middle class Joe” who said said we have to “spend money to keep from going bankrupt.” Apply that philosophy to this report and the only conclusion we can reach is that Joe Biden is simply doing his part to save America from economic ruin:
Every Friday, Biden takes a helicopter designated as Marine Two from the vice president’s residence to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and then hops on Air Force Two to fly back to his home in Delaware. At the end of the weekend, he returns on Air Force Two, usually a Boeing C-32.
During warm weather, Biden regularly returns to Andrews on the airplane on Saturdays to play golf at the Air Force base with President Obama. After the golf game, he flies back to Delaware and returns to Washington on the plane on Sunday evening — all at taxpayer expense.
The cost of flying Air Force Two is $22,000 an hour, so each half-hour trip to or from Delaware costs about $10,000. Each golf game costs taxpayers $20,000. At that rate, the annual cost to taxpayers of Biden’s weekend trips is well over $1 million.
In addition, the Secret Service rents more than 20 condominiums in the Wilmington, Del. area for agents who must accompany Biden when he returns to his home state.
Area condos? Doesn’t the Secret Service know they can rent from Joe and stay right on site?
Bonus points: Last year, Biden was put in charge of the Campaign to Cut Waste. Again, the above story doesn’t contradict that in any way as long as you subscribe to “the more you spend the more you save” philosophy of taxpayer dollar