Au Québec, on est pas si mal…

Un vieil adage nous dis: Quand on se regarde on se désole, quand on se compare on se console. Nous faisons régulièrement face à des révélations de dépenses inutiles. Celles qui semblent choquer le plus les contribuables sont celles qui ont rapport aux frais de déplacement des fonctionnaires et politiciens. 8,000$ pour un séjour d’une semaine? Scandale! Il est bien vrai qu’il y aurait moyen souvent de faire quelques économies… mais est-ce que l’on s’emballe un peu trop pour quelques milliers de dollars gaspillés quand des sommes bien plus impressionnantes sont souvent en jeu? En tous les cas, pour les frais de déplacement, on fait très bonne figure comparativement aux États-Unis…

Selon Mark Steyn du National Review:

As the Daily Mail in London reported, « High Fliers: Prince William and his wife Kate spend an incredible £52,000 on the one-way flight from L.A to London for themselves and their seven-strong entourage. » Incredible! For £52,000, you couldn’t take the president from Washington to a state visit to an ice-cream parlor in a Maryland suburb.

Obama flew Air Force One from Washington to Williamsburg, Va., requiring a wide-bodied transatlantic jet that holds 500 people to ferry him a distance of a little over 100 miles. And, unlike their British and Canadian counterparts, the American media are entirely at ease with it.

Just for the record, William and Kate actually spent an « incredible » £51,410 — or about $80,000 — for nine business-class tickets on British Airways to Heathrow. At the check-in desk at Los Angeles, BA graciously offered the Duke and Duchess an upgrade to first class.

By now you’re probably revolted by this glimpse of disgusting monarchical excess, so, if it’s any consolation, halfway through the flight the cabin’s entertainment consoles failed and, along with other first-class passengers, Their Highnesses were offered a £200 voucher toward the cost of their next flight, which they declined.

By contrast, in a republic governed by « we, the people, » when the president of the United States wishes to watch a film, there are two full-time movie projectionists who live at the White House and are on call round the clock, in case he’s overcome by a sudden urge to watch Esther Williams in Dangerous When Wet (1953) at two in the morning…

In his recent book Presidential Perks Gone Royal, Robert Keith Gray, a former Eisenhower staffer, revealed that last year the U.S. presidency cost American taxpayers $1.4 billion. Over the same period, the entire royal family cost British taxpayers about $57 million. There’s nothing « royal » about the current level of « presidential perks »: The Obama family costs taxpayers more than every European royal house put together.

In the American republic, even the dogs cost more. The Queen is a famous corgi lover and has been breeding them since she was a young girl. Now in her late 80s she’s slowing down and only keeps four. The president has one pooch, a photo-op accessory called Bo, who unlike the corgis requires a full-time handler. In contrast to the stingy remuneration offered by the royal household, the presidential dog-walker is one of 226 White House staff earning over $100,000 a year…

The fish rots from the head down, and so do republics. A $1.4-billion president has a defense secretary with a private plane to fly him home every weekend, and a chair of the « White House Council on Women and Girls » with her own Secret Service detail, and all of them ever more detached from the rhythms of American life.


Publié le 14 décembre 2012, dans Modèle Québécois, Politique Américaine, Politique québécoise. Bookmarquez ce permalien. Poster un commentaire.

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