June 15, 2013: President O'Bama's African trip this month will cost $100 million. If they could cut $4 million from the African trip, they could fund one year of White House tours at $75,000/week.It turns out that $100 million figure was hugely under-estimated.
The cost of the trip just went up another $7 billion to Power Africa. Ka-ching. And the president's trip is just beginning.
I've long given up worrying about the US deficit and spending. No matter how broke we are, we can always find money to give to Palestine and Africa.
On May 24, 2009, in an interview, President O'Bama said, very memorably, "the US is broke."
As noted above, funding White House tours cost about $75,000/week.
100 years x 50 weeks x $100,000/week = $500 million.
10^2 * 5*10^1 *10^5 = 5 * 10^8 = 5 00 000 000. Yeah, that looks like $500 million.
So, instead of a $7 billion Power Africa program, if we made it a $6.5 billion Power Africa program, we could fund White House tours for 100 years. I doubt anyone in Africa will even see the difference between $7 billion and $6.5 billion over several years.
I used $100,000/week (instead of the stated cost of $75,000/week) to provide free lunches and maybe even ObamaPhones for those who take the White House tours. As inflation increases the cost of the tours, we could cut back on ObamaPhones and then the box lunches.
Our six-year-old granddaughter's still life drawing (she will soon be seven):