Monday, November 8, 2010
President Obama's Trip: The Math for Dummies
President Obama has taken a trip to India and other parts of Asia, and somewhere someone reported that the trip would cost the taxpayers $200,000,000 U.S. dollars a day. The likes of Rush and Fox News reported this nonsense as if it were fact without even checking the numbers, but that is to be expected from those stupid conservative voices. Stupid? Yes stupid!
The 10 day trip at $200,000,000 a day would cost $2,000,000,000 = $2 billion dollars. Let's say there are 200 people on this trip and let us say the hotel rooms cost $100,000 per day. That would be $1,000,000 for 10 days times 200 people = $200,000,000 for hotels alone. Now, I don't believe for one minute that the hotel rooms for the people traveling with the president cost $100,000 per night, but I am using this ridiculous number to help make a point. That leaves $800,000,000 ($8 hundred million) for food, jet fuel, and everything else. Does anyone with half a brain believe that the trip to India and parts of Southeast Asia is going to cost $2 billion dollars as reported by the legally stupid right wing press?
To give you all some idea of what a trip cost, President Clinton's 12 day trip to Africa in 1998 is reported to have cost around $42 million dollars. Even if you add 10% for inflation that would only place this trip at $46 million dollars.
But, that isn't what this is all about. This is about driving home to the legally dumb and stupid that bite on every word of hatred spoken by the right wing press, that this president isn't worthy of being treated like all the other presidents. I wish Chris Matthews and the rest of the MSNBC crowd would get tougher with the nonsense that comes out of the mouths of the legally dumb right wing press.