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06-05-2012 06:03 PM  6 years agoPost 1
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Ronald Kessler reporting from Washington, D.C. — Last June, President Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to root out wasteful government spending. But behind the scenes, it’s a different matter.

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.

Vice President Biden boards Air Force Two.
(AP Photo)
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.

Biden’s press office had no immediate comment.

“Biden leaves every Friday from Joint Base Andrews, so he gets lifts from the observatory via Marine Two to Andrews Air Force Base, takes off via Air Force Two, lands in Delaware, and stays the weekend and then comes back on Sunday nights,” says a Secret Service agent familiar with the trips.

Biden has been a long-time proponent of train travel.
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“Every three or four weeks when it’s warm, he gets up there on Saturday and then will fly back on Air Force Two,” the agent says. “While Air Force Two is sitting on the tarmac at Andrews, he goes and plays golf with the president at Andrews Air Force Base, gets back on the plane, and flies back to Delaware. Let me tell you something, that is egregious.”

Besides that, “The Secret Service rents condos in Wilmington because his schedule is so fluid and never concrete enough to properly prepare for his visits to Delaware,” the agent says. “So they keep a fully staffed Secret Service advance team in Delaware in condominiums that we lease so that when he does these things back and forth to D.C., they’re up there ready for him to arrive.”

The Boeing C-32 that usually flies as Air Force Two is a specially configured Boeing 757-200 commercial jet which typically requires a crew of 18.

As a U.S. senator, Biden was proud of the fact that he commuted daily by train from his home in Delaware to Washington during the week. Amtrak named the newly renovated Wilmington station the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad Station. But after taking office as vice president, a Secret Service agent says Biden began the pattern of commuting on Air Force Two on weekends, costing taxpayers close to $4 million so far.

As recently as May 12, Biden flew back to Andrews to play golf with Obama and with Biden’s second son Hunter and White House trip director Marvin Nicholson. They played 18 holes of golf for four and a half hours.

Biden also plays golf at a country club he belongs to in the Wilmington area. The Secret Service agent says that since Air Force Two parks at Andrews, Obama is obviously aware that Biden is running up a huge government tab for each game of golf he plays with him.

Asked if President Obama thinks these costs are appropriate, why he has not questioned Biden flying to play golf with him at a cost of $20,000 per game, and in view of these costs of $1 million a year for weekend trips, whether the vice president should no longer be in charge of cutting government waste, the president’s press office had no immediate comment.

In addition to his salary as vice president of $230,700, Biden has free use of the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory. The vice president’s residence is a handsome 9,150-square-foot, three-story mansion overlooking Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington.

Complete with pool, pool house, and indoor gym, the white brick house was built in 1893 as the home of the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Congress turned it into the official residence of the vice president in 1974 and gave it the address One Observatory Circle.

During the day, at least five Navy stewards attend to every personal need of the second family, including cleaning, cooking, shopping for food, and doing the laundry.

Biden has portrayed himself as a regular Joe, a product of a working class family who takes on millionaires and Republicans who are said to be out of touch with middle-class Americans.

Last June 13, Obama placed Biden in charge of a Campaign to Cut Waste, which will “hunt down and eliminate misspent tax dollars in every agency and department across the federal government,” according to the White House website.

In an email, Biden told supporters that he was the “new sheriff in town.” He said that “particularly at a time when we’re facing tough decisions about reducing our deficit, it’s a no-brainer to stop spending taxpayer dollars on things that benefit nobody.”

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06-05-2012 06:42 PM  6 years agoPost 2
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Just regular business at the White House. Nothing new and nothing will change no matter who gets in office. It doesn't make it right, but that is how it works.

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06-05-2012 07:11 PM  6 years agoPost 3
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time to break out some old tar and feathers.

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06-05-2012 07:24 PM  6 years agoPost 4
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Just a little perspective....this is during the Bush/Cheney years....

http://democrats.oversight.house.go...13550-47530.pdf

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06-05-2012 08:10 PM  6 years agoPost 5
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Florida boi i dont see the point of crying. Everybody abuse the tax player. ',that just the way it is. what we need to cry about and make nosie,is a laws that allow us to get more of our money back
each year.And stop Whining about how much the republican and the democrat spend, all the cash they take from us isn't coming back to us nor our childern or there children,
So i say let it go or protest to stop the tax player abuse.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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06-05-2012 08:15 PM  6 years agoPost 6
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Hey CB... I don't even have to open that link to know what it says. I don't think anybody here would even hint that this wasn't all going down before Obama. We know that.
BUTTTTTT, what exactly did Hope and Change and "the most transparent administration in history" promises amount to then.
He's exactly the same as we've always had and he's got the LEAST transparent administration that I've ever witnessed.
We know who Mittens classmates were 50 years ago and we have spit on Obama's life. Other than that he was a dopehead and liked to cockblock his friends with the ladies. Nice, real nice.

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06-05-2012 08:19 PM  6 years agoPost 7
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Hey CB... I don't even have to open that link to know what it says. I don't think anybody here would even hint that this wasn't all going down before Obama. We know that.
BUTTTTTT, what exactly did Hope and Change and "the most transparent administration in history" promises amount to then.
He's exactly the same as we've always had and he's got the LEAST transparent administration that I've ever witnessed.
No argument there.....I see it all as "business as usual"...........

However your "argument" has no substantiation if there is no perspective...Obama was a dope head.....So was "the shrub".....and cheney was a twice convicted drunk driver......all perspective my friend

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06-05-2012 08:42 PM  6 years agoPost 8
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We need to take them all half of the way to England and leave them!

This is why we need iron clad limits on government spending, no matter who is in office!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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06-05-2012 08:55 PM  6 years agoPost 9
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agreed CB. Where he's going to be in trouble is that all of those "promises" have now been shown to be nothing more. He had no voting record, no history of proposing legislation last time. Now he has PLENTY of history and plenty of FAILED things he's proposed. It's going to be much harder to promise/lie this time around.
He'll garner a certain amount of votes strictly by his skin color and from people that will NEVER cross the party line. The middle of the roaders (like me) and independants are where this election will be won/lost and I think he's lost a lot of those voters. I talk to people everyday that say "he won't fool me twice".

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06-05-2012 10:19 PM  6 years agoPost 10
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agreed CB. Where he's going to be in trouble is that all of those "promises" have now been shown to be nothing more. He had no voting record, no history of proposing legislation last time. Now he has PLENTY of history and plenty of FAILED things he's proposed. It's going to be much harder to promise/lie this time around.
He'll garner a certain amount of votes strictly by his skin color and from people that will NEVER cross the party line. The middle of the roaders (like me) and independants are where this election will be won/lost and I think he's lost a lot of those voters. I talk to people everyday that say "he won't fool me twice".
I couldn't agree with you more. However as the "right" works to vilify him, I believe it is having a negative affect on the moderate voters.
The right is working so hard to dig up dirt on Obama, they're becoming the conspiracy theory wackjobs that instantly turn off a majority of us.

Honestly, if the right weren't so infiltrated by the religious agenda, I'd be right on board (no pun intended). If Romney had the balls to do the following I'd be his #1 supporter:

Tell the country that the Government has no business being in the "marriage business"

Illegal immigration is a problem....so if you want to come into this country...come on in....but due to your immigration status...you're going to have a 20% flat tax above and beyond any tax rate already imposed. You will also be imposed an "export tax" on any money that is sent to "the homeland"

The number one agenda....above and beyond anything else...is the creation of jobs. Any company that creates sustainable jobs gets tax breaks....any company that ships jobs overseas gets a tax liability or must guarantee that the overseas employees are being payed the prevailing wage.

Defense is paramount...however continuing to build multi billion dollar cold war legacy systems and supporting our oversea's empire is killing us....we need to be leaner and meaner...with less reliance on technical wonders such as stealth bombers, fighters, and ships (i.e the DDG 1000).

Anyway....I could go on alot longer but my fingers would get tired....

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06-05-2012 10:25 PM  6 years agoPost 11
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you said a mouthful and I have to say, I agree with everything you just wrote.
I don't think they need to lower themselves to the liberals tactic of digging up dirt. Take the high road. All they need to do, is just show his own speaches/promises broken, his own printed words in his books, etc. That's not digging up dirt, that's using somebody's own words and actions to highlight their character. If they did this, it would be a landslide.
McCain took the high road last time, but he lost because of the dingbat he picked as VP and he didn't have 3-1/2 years of failure to point to like Mittens does.
I'm no Mitt fan, but he's getting my vote.

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06-06-2012 02:01 AM  6 years agoPost 12
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obama batty man stand is jamming the sys:
I am not a mitt fan but i'd vote for him to get the batty boi
out of the white house, yes next year we will be getting a
homosexual laws one like the health scare laws,that just pass.
Then we have to go to batty school and recieve butty diploma MR, B will send a dread plauge upon america.
or his muslim azz is going to let us get a nuke,and he will not
fired back.
Tell liberal it's wrong to live off another man dime. Now it look
i am paying for all these gay's folks to sit at home and get butt shock.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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06-06-2012 05:29 AM  6 years agoPost 13
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WElcome to Realville, Esco!

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06-06-2012 05:40 AM  6 years agoPost 14
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obama batty man stand is jamming the sys:
I am not a mitt fan but i'd vote for him to get the batty boi
out of the white house
You know what escobar.

I find your flip flopping against the Dems to be a bit unusual.

When you were here before you got kicked out you were a die hard lying lefty telling lies about your family and your beleifs that made no sense what so ever and most folks here could see right through you. In fact so die hard, you called the Obummer and his pals God's and you worshiped them in your words here.

Then, based on one opinion of the Obummer's (the gay issue), you make a 100% turn against him.

In fact, that flip flop is not 100%. Its 200% since you advocate the killing of all gay people based on your bible beleifs. Thats what makes your flip flopping to be so unnatural. It put you in the Radical side of the left.

Very radical, immature, unpredictable, intolerant and rather dumb.

With poor spelling.

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06-06-2012 07:27 AM  6 years agoPost 15
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DEnnis go to hell. I'm more conservitive than you
I find your flip flopping against the Dems to be a bit unusual.
I dont flip flop and anything you {cunibun}
the Obummer and his pals God's and you worshiped them in your words here
I was not radical in my wording saying obama was god sent,
it's true in a racist country like america a brown man is Leading the yellow man empire. how else could be chit head.?
telling lies about your family and your beleifs that made no sense
only you would know if i'm lieing old fort
Then, based on one opinion of the Obummer's (the gay issue), you make a 100% turn against him.
I never know the the democrat was the party that want to sodomy in america, obama was not pushing the gay's issue in 2008 like he
come out bold on how he feel about gay's and qeers now,
i wouldn't speak much on there behalf' Since they're out of my main streme belief.
advocate the killing of all gay people based on your bible beleifs
"Sorry if you are an atheist, and doesn't believe in the word of the almighty i show you the scripture, "so how am i calling for
destruction of homosexual?? That's God will for them not mines,
Very radical, immature, unpredictable, intolerant and rather dumb.

With poor spelling
I ma loving it you little dead beat

I vote for what is right in america i dont vote for party. It's
voter like you that send garbage into the white house
Hear this old fort} i know for a fact romney dont give a Sh#T about
america the guy only want a place in presidential history

I am a conservitive Romney is not, And you not a republican
dennis faiths and no fellowship heeds bad deeds
.
you little pretender.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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06-06-2012 10:11 AM  6 years agoPost 16
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I was wondering when someone was going to mention that....except I find it more like 400% flip.......

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06-06-2012 02:45 PM  6 years agoPost 17
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I am a conservitive Romney is not, And you not a republican
dennis faiths and no fellowship heeds bad deeds.
you little pretender.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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06-06-2012 04:15 PM  6 years agoPost 18
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Esco, Honey.......are you even a citizen? For some reason....I think not.....

CB

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06-06-2012 05:27 PM  6 years agoPost 19
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he won't answer the question. And it's been asked. ALOT. Often by me.

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06-06-2012 05:30 PM  6 years agoPost 20
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he won't answer the question. And it's been asked. ALOT. Often by me.
I do beleive at one time, he claimed dual citizenship.

I never believed it either.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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