$5.25 Million For Senate Hair Care And 21 Other
Ways Politicians Are Living The High Life At Your
September 26, 2013
If you want to live the high life, you don’t have to become a rap star, a professional athlete or a Wall
Street banker. All it really takes is winning an election. Right now, more than half of all the members
of Congress are millionaires, and most of them leave “public service” far wealthier than when they
entered it. Since most of them have so much money, you would think that they would be willing to do
a little “belt-tightening” for the sake of the American people. After all, things are supposedly
“extremely tight” in Washington D.C. right now. In fact, just the other day Nancy Pelosi insisted that
there were “no more cuts to make” to the federal budget. But even as they claim that things are so
tough right now, our politicians continue to live the high life at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. The
statistics that I am about to share with you are very disturbing. Please share them with everyone that
you know. The American people deserve the truth.
According to the Weekly Standard, an absolutely insane amount of money is being spent on the “hair
care needs” of U.S. Senators…
Senate Hair Care Services has cost taxpayers about $5.25 million over 15 years. They foot
the bill of more than $40,000 for the shoeshine attendant last fiscal year. Six barbers took in
more than $40,000 each, including nearly $80,000 for the head barber.
Keep in mind that there are only 100 U.S. Senators, and many of them don’t have much hair left at this
But hair care is just the tip of the iceberg. The following are 21 other ways that our politicians are
living the high life at your expense…
#1 According to Roll Call’s annual survey of Congressional wealth, the super wealthy in Congress just
continue to get much wealthier even though they are supposedly dedicating their lives to “public
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) is the richest Member of Congress for the second year in a
row, reporting a vast fortune that in 2011 had a minimum net worth surpassing $300 million
for the first time.
McCaul is followed by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who reported a minimum net worth of
$198.65 million, and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who reported a minimum net worth of
$140.55 million. The two lawmakers swapped places since last year’s list.
The lawmakers who round out the top five, Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Jay
Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), also flipped positions from 2010 to 2011, with Warner’s reported
minimum worth rising about $9 million to $85.81 million and Rockefeller’s minimum
worth rising slightly to $83.08 million.
#2 Amazingly, the 50th most wealthy member of Congress has a net worth of 6.14 million dollars.
#3 At this point, more than half of those “serving the American people” in Congress are millionaires.
#4 In one recent year, an average of $4,005,900 of U.S. taxpayer money was spent on “personal” and
“office” expenses per U.S. Senator.
#5 Once they leave Washington, former members of Congress continue to collect huge checks for the
rest of their lives…
In 2011, 280 former lawmakers who retired under a former government pension system
received average annual pensions of $70,620, according to a Congressional Research
Service report. They averaged around 20 years of service. At the same time, another 215
retirees (elected in 1984 or later with an average of 15 years of service) received average
annual checks of roughly $40,000 a year.
#6 Speaker of the House John Boehner would bring home a yearly pension of close to $85,000 if he left
Congress when his current term ends in 2014.
#7 At this point, quite a few former lawmakers are collecting federal pensions for life worth at least
$100,000 annually. That list includes such notable names as Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Trent Lott,
Dick Gephardt and Dick Cheney.
#8 The U.S. government is spending approximately 3.6 million dollarsa year to support the lavish
lifestyles of former presidents such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
#9 Nearly 500,000 federal employees now make at least $100,000 a year.
#10 During one recent year, the average federal employee in the Washington D.C. area received total
compensation worth more than $126,000.
#11 During one recent year, compensation for federal employees came to a grand total
of approximately 447 billion dollars.
#12 If you can believe it, there are 77,000 federal workers that make more than the governors of their
own states do.
#13 When Joe Biden and his staff took a trip to London, the hotel bill cost U.S. taxpayers $459,388.65.
#14 Joe Biden and his staff also stopped in Paris for one night. The hotel bill for that one night came
#15 When Biden and his staff visited Moscow for two days in 2011, the total hotel bill came
#16 During 2012, the salaries of Barack Obama’s three climate change advisers combined came to a
grand total of more than $370,000.
#17 Overall, 139 different White House staffers were making at least $100,000 during 2012, and there
were 20 staffers that made the maximum of $172,200.
#18 It is estimated that the trip that the Obamas took to Africa cost U.S. taxpayers about 100 million
#19 The Obamas only have one dog named “Bo”, but the White House “dog handler” reportedly
makes $102,000 per year and sometimes he is even flown to where the Obamas are vacationing so that
he can take care of the dog.
#20 There is always at least one projectionist at the White House 24 hours a day just in case there is
someone that wants to watch a movie. Apparently turning on a DVD player is too much to ask.
#21 In one recent year, more than 1.4 billion dollars was spent on the Obamas. Meanwhile, British
taxpayers only spent about 58 million dollars on the entire royal family.
So who pays for all of this extravagance?
The American people do of course.
Unfortunately, what most of our politicians fail to understand is that most families are struggling
tremendously right now.
This week, Yahoo featured the story of a 77-year-old former executive that is now flipping burgers and
serving drinks to make ends meet. He says that he now earns in a week what he once earned in a single
hour, but he is thankful to have a job in this economic environment…
It seems like another life. At the height of his corporate career, Tom Palome was pulling in
a salary in the low six-figures and flying first class on business trips to Europe.
Today, the 77-year-old former vice president of marketing for Oral-B juggles two part-time
jobs: one as a $10-an-hour food demonstrator at Sam’s Club, the other flipping burgers and
serving drinks at a golf club grill for slightly more than minimum wage.
While Palome worked hard his entire career, paid off his mortgage and put his kids through
college, like most Americans he didn’t save enough for retirement. Even many affluent baby
boomers who are approaching the end of their careers haven’t come close to saving the 10 to 20
times their annual working income that investment experts say they’ll need to maintain their
standard of living in old age.
So many Americans are barely making it from month to month at this point. Most people work very,
very hard for their money, and it is very discouraging to see our politicians waste our hard-earned tax
dollars so frivolously.
Fortunately, there are signs that the American people are starting to get fed up with all of this.
According to a stunning new Gallup survey, more Americans than ever before (60 percent) believe that
the federal government has too much power.
So what do you think?
Do you think that the government is too big and too wasteful?
Peter Schiff Was Right Part Deux: The “Taper”
September 26, 2013
For those of you who remember the months following the
2008 financial crisis, one of the most viral videos out
there (it has over 2 million views) was the “Peter Schiff
Was Right”compilation. It consists of various clips of Mr.
Schiff being prescient about the financial condition of the
U.S., as talking heads on various financial shows mock
him and laugh in his face.
Well, the “Peter Schiff Was Right Video Part Deux” is
now out and I expect this one to go viral as well. In this
case, pundits laugh at Peter’s insistence that there will be
no taper and that it was all a bluff (they pull off the same
bluff every year). It ends in classic fashion with Bob
Pisani explaining to the dwindling audience at CNBC that
“no one saw it coming.” I guess we’re back to that again. The next crisis can’t be far off.
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