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Obama’s eight years of vacationing cost taxpayers $85 million

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As America’s first family enjoys its eighth and final vacation in Hawaii, new estimates put the price tag of the Obamas’ annual trip at $3.5 million or more. In total, the cost of the the first family’s personal or largely personal travel during the last eight years comes to $85 …

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Taxpayers to pay £4m to refurbish William and Kate’s palace

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Buckingham Palace has announced it is to lease a new helicopter for members of the Royal Family to fly on official engagements. The luxury £8 million AgustaWestland A109S can carry up to nine people including the pilots, has leather-covered seats and a top speed of 180mph. The chopper will be …

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Each troop in Afghanistan costs US taxpayers $2.1 million

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The average cost of each U.S. troop in Afghanistan will nearly double in the last year of the war to $2.1 million, according to a new analysis of the Pentagon’s budget.  For the past five years, from fiscal 2008 through 2013, the average troop cost had held steady at roughly $1.3. million. …

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Obama’s family vacation to Africa to cost taxpayers $100 million

Obama $100 million vacation to Africa

After questions over the $100 million price tag of the President’s trip to Africa arose, the White House defended the costs claiming that the expenditure offers the nation “great bang for our buck.” After saying that the White House doesn’t determine the costs of travel and security, deputy national security …

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Officials ‘can’t account for’ $700 million in Katrina aid

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A new report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development paints a grim picture of a program that was supposed to help Louisiana’s Katrina victims protect their homes from future storms – to the tune of $700 million in misplaced taxpayer money. The relief program, which disbursed grants of …

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UK MPs to examine royal expenses

Buckingham Palace

Following a change in the British law that allows MPs to look into royal finances, Queen Elizabeth and the royal family face an inquiry into their expenses that would decide whether they provide value for taxpayer money. The inquiry, to be launched later this year by the House of Commons’ …

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Pentagon wastes $150 million of taxpayers money on luxury villas in Afghanistan

Pentagon luxury villas Afghanistan

The Pentagon isn’t known for being frugal with its spending habits, and new reports have surfaced which show that US taxpayers footed the bill for nearly $150 million in luxury villa rentals and fine dining in Afghanistan. When Pentagon personnel travel abroad, they’re typically placed in government housing, perfectly livable accommodations …

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The $1.25 trillion US national security state budget, taxpayers money wasted

US national security state budget taxpayers money wasted

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and …

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Taxpayers forced to pay bill for Prince Charles visit

Prince Charles Camilla Australia visit

Australian taxpayers will be charged close to half a million dollars for this month’s brief royal tour. Prince Charles and Camilla are due to fly out of Australia on Sunday after a five-day tour that took them to Adelaide, the Barossa Valley, Canberra, Sydney, Perth and Albany. But they’ll be …

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Australian taxpayers to fork out millions for US troops

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The Australian government will begin a multimillion-dollar construction project this month at two military facilities to accommodate future rotations of up to 2,500 U.S. Marines. Australia’s defense department announced Friday that it awarded $11 million for new facilities at the Australian army’s Robertson Barracks and the Royal Australian Air Force …

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Obamacare websites cost taxpayers $634m and they still don’t work

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It’s been one full week since the flagship technology portion of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) went live. And since that time, the befuddled beast that is Healthcare.gov has shutdown, crapped out, stalled, and mis-loaded so consistently that its track record for failure is challenged only by Congress. The site itself, which …

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Obama signs bill giving him armed protection for life

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Despite launching a gun control agenda that threatens to disarm the American people, President Obama has signed a bill that would afford him armed Secret Service protection for life. “The legislation, crafted by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, rolls back a mid-1990s law that imposed a 10-year limit …

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The British Royal Family is costing taxpayers more than ever

The British Royal Family costing taxpayers UK

Taxpayers in the United Kingdom are paying more money than ever for the Royal Family. The latest Sovereign Grant accounts were published early last week and they show that the monarchy cost £67 million ($86 million) in 2018-19 – a 41 percent increase on the previous financial year. Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes one interesting …

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