You are not important. In fact with but a few exceptions we are all unimportant.

It costs $74,000 per week to run the White House tours and the nation cannot afford it. We can, however, afford a lavish visit to Europe for those who are important.

Say you were an important person, like Vice President Joe Biden, then $74,000 would seem like a pittance to spend for a week, or a day, or perhaps even 28 minutes.

At the same time the White House tours were being closed down, the vice president of the United States was frittering away $3.5 million on a European trip. The trip, which included some eye-popping expenditures, would’ve paid for White House tours for nearly a year.

Just the hotel bills on this trip to Paris and London in February cost American taxpayers more than $1 million.

Biden and his security detail rung up a $585,000.50 bill for a single night on Feb. 4 at the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand, a luxurious five-star hotel near the Louvre Museum, the Weekly Standard reports.

The Daily Mail in London reports that Biden’s group spent $459,388.65 for one night on Feb. 5 at the Hyatt Regency in London, where the vice president met with Prime Minister David Cameron.

The London trip for Mr. Biden’s crew required 136 hotel rooms for that one-night stay.

Biden’s entourage required more than 100 rooms at Le Grand. A one night in the presidential suite there costs more than $3,800.

“Still no WH tours, but VP Biden’s recent trip to Europe racked up $1mil in hotel room bills,” said U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, among dozens that expressed outrage on Twitter.

Operating Biden’s Air Force Two costs taxpayers the same price as his boss’s private plane, an astounding $180,000 per hour. Round trip from Washington to London adds a mere $2 million to the cost of this epic jaunt.

Biden’s entourage required more than $321,000 worth of limousine service bringing the bottom line up to a staggering $3.75 million and that doesn’t even cover it all; planning and coordination prior to the trip is likely to add another half million to the tally bringing the cost well beyond the price of a year of White House tours.

Apparently a few days in London and Paris for Joe Biden are far more important than a year of White House tours for us unimportant owners of that landmark.


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