When compared to the cost of maintaining the first family, the British royal family members are a bunch of outright pikers.
We use the phrase, “live like a king,” to describe the epitome of living large. When we do so, we’re talking real mansions — not the fake “McMansions” popular among today’s nouveau riche. Also included are the second and third homes, annual European vacations, exotic cars, fancy yachts and private jets — the whole schemer.
But what would it take to live not “like a king,” but as a king?
According to Wikipedia, that would be 40 million pounds, or about $60 million. Now that’s what I call living, something a guy could get used to. But as it turns out, it’s nothing as compared to what the first family spends.
The cost of maintaining our own royal family — the Obamas — is a whopping $1.4 billion with a “B,” as reported by the National Review. That means that Queen Elizabeth and her family’s expenses are a mere 4.3 percent of the Obama clan. Stated differently, the Obamas spend more than 23 times what the British royal family does.
Particularly galling is that with the sequester cuts initiated Mar. 1, the president doesn’t believe he can continue paying the $18,000 per week for the White House tour staff.
The National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke notes:
There was a reason that the Founding Fathers rejected titles and honorifics in favor of simplicity. Thankfully, the straightforward address, “Mr. President,” won out over the pretentious names that John Adams suggested, which included “His Majesty the President,” “His Mighty Benign Highness,” and “His High Mightiness.” (The Senate rather cruelly mocked Adams by suggesting it refer to him as “His Rotundity.”) Too many in our government have forgotten which way around this is supposed to work. Here in America, it’s supposed to be small government, Big People.
Here’s a postscript on the British royal family. Although it costs Great Britain 40 million pounds to maintain the royals to the manner born, they return to the treasury 200 million pounds in rent received from royal land. So in actuality they make money for the kingdom.
Meanwhile, there’s still a group of disappointed Iowa sixth graders that doesn’t understand why they’re prohibited from visiting “the people’s house.”
Read more at the National Review.
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