Inside the Beltway: Biden’s 101 trips to his Delaware home…and the cost
President BidenRegular trips to his home state of Delaware have cost taxpayers at least $11 million since he began his presidency, according to a meticulous analysis by Fox News Digital. He uses simple but effective mathematics to reach this conclusion.
Mr. Biden flew 101 between the White House or Joint Base Andrews and Delaware aboard Air Force One or Marine One. The source of this issue, according to the analysis, is a former CBS reporter Marc Knollerwhich has long tracked and quantified the whereabouts of US presidents.
Now on to the math.
“Public records from the Department of Defense Comptroller show that the Marine One helicopters used by the President cost between $17,065 and $20,206 an hour. The helicopter ride from the White House to sites in Delaware takes about an hour, according to the President’s schedule,” wrote Patrick Haufwho covers the White House for Fox News Digital.
“Air Force One’s operational costs are $177,843 an hour, and the trip to Delaware takes about 30 minutes, according to the president’s schedule. This brings the total operational costs for travel, including each mode of transportation, to approximately $4 million,” Hauf continued.
Then there are the extras.
“Documents obtained by the New York Post last year showed a Secret Service cost of $1.96 million for the President’s first 16 trips to Delaware. A cost per trip from this data applied to the President’s 57 trips leaves a tab of approximately $7 million for taxpayers,” Hauf said.
“The President has other fairly comfortable options for the weekend. The White House itself is one of the finest homes in the country. Additionally, the President can also enjoy the country retreat at Camp David. , which is only half an hour away by helicopter. He’s been there 19 times as president, far fewer times than he goes to Delaware,” he said, also noting that the price final does not include incidental costs such as meals and lodging for White House staff members.
JUST THE FACTS
Media coverage of the illegal immigration crisis on the US southern border can at times be fragmentary, biased and polarized.
Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee want to address some of the confusion – and have released a simple fact sheet titled “Surprising Facts.” The fact sheet offers clear data and trends in the border region, based on federal, state and local sources.
“Since President Biden has been in office, there have been more than 4 million migrant encounters on the Southwest border, in addition to more than a million known getaways that have eluded U.S. Border Patrol agents over the past two last years. That’s larger than the population of Los Angeles,” the fact sheet advised.
It is also free to download. Find the fact sheet – ready to use – on Republicans-homeland.house.gov in the Recent Publications section.
THE DESANTIS STRATEGY
governor of florida Ron DeSantis does not seem to use opinion polls alone to shape its political leadership activities.
“A leader’s job is not to put his finger in the wind and try to contort himself where public opinion may be trending at any given time. No, a leader’s job is to set a vision, execute that vision, show people it’s the right vision, and deliver real results. And when you do that, people react,” he told his audience at the recent Republican Jewish Coalition leadership meeting.
“What we showed in Florida is you can stand for truth, you can stand for principle, you can fight the woke elite and you can win. And I think that’s important because the survival of the American experience requires a renewal of the enduring American principles that make this country unique,” Mr. DeSantis continued.
“The Florida formula is that everything we do is rooted in these founding principles of our country. We sprinkle it with a very strong dose of common sense, which is very rare these days. And we reinforce that by having the courage to lead on issues where you know you might get incoming fire – but that’s the price of leadership these days,” he advised.
ABOUT THESE LEAKS
Elon Musksurprise decision to invite the former president donald trump back on Twitter has caused a lot of angst among liberal Democrats who don’t particularly like the 45th president.
The hashtags #ElonIsDestroyingTwitter” and #RIPTwitter” led the list of most popular Twitter topics for some time on Monday.
“Whether or not President Trump decides to return to the platform as an active user, this marks an important moment for free speech in America,” the Republican review committee commented in a catchy title statement: Making Twitter Great Again.
FirstTV – the home of broadcast hosts Bill O’Reilly and Dana Loech, among others — also took note of this political and cultural moment. The digital broadcaster cited some of the audience reactions in an analysis titled “Libs Explode: Here Are the Most Hilarious Lefty Meltdowns”.
Here are a few — expressed on Twitter of course:
“Elon Musk is letting a man who led a violent insurgency to overthrow the government of the United States return to this platform. Let lies and misinformation continue to poison American blood” (actor Rob Reiner).
“Who else never followed Trump on Twitter the first time and won’t follow him now? Show those hands” (actor Billy Baldwin).
“Memo to Elon, freedom of speech does not mean freedom to incite an insurrection.” (former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich).
GET ON TRACK
A potential railroad strike is raising serious concerns now that a fourth railroad union has rejected a tentative agreement brokered by the Biden administration between unions and freight railroads.
“Millions of hard-working Americans depend on the freight rail system for their jobs and the economic security of our country. A nationwide railroad strike during the peak holiday season will be devastating to American businesses, consumers and the economy,” warned Matthew ChayPresident and CEO of the National Retail Federation.
A strike will threaten “business resilience” and add to inflation woes, he said.
The American Association of Railroads has previously reported that a nationwide rail closure could stop nearly 7,000 freight trains and cost more than $2 billion a day.
“Congress must act immediately to avoid a railroad strike and a catastrophic shutdown of the freight rail system,” Shay advised.
“Eight of the 12 unions ratified the agreement, while four rejected it. The parties must resolve the problems and ratify the contract without disrupting the system. Otherwise, Congress must step in to prevent a strike before the end of the cooling-off period on December 8,” he advised.
SURVEY OF THE DAY
• 66% of American adults say the United States is “on the wrong track”; 88% of Republicans, 69% of Independents and 46% of Democrats agree.
• 22% overall say the country is “going in the right direction”; 7% of Republicans, 17% of Independents and 42% of Democrats agree.
• 12% don’t know if the country is on the right or wrong track; 5% of Republicans, 14% of Independents and 12% of Democrats agree.
SOURCE: An Ipsos poll conducted November 14-15 of 1,005 American adults.
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