Thursday, October 4, 2012
Money and Monarchies
Economics are now dominating almost all national discussions and it is worth contrasting the most high-profile republic and the most high-profile monarchy in the world today; the United States and the United Kingdom. In a new book by Robert Gray called “Presidential Perks Gone Royal” it is detailed how vastly more expensive the American First Family is when compared to the British Royal Family. Last year the maintenance of President Obama and his family cost U.S. taxpayers some $1.4 billion, which is about twenty times more the $57.8 million that Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family cost British taxpayers. It should also be mentioned that the monarchy is an even greater value considering that the Queen is also the Sovereign of Canada, Jamaica, Belize, Australia, New Zealand and numerous other countries absolutely free of charge. It amazes me that republicans dare even raise the issue of cost considering that, in almost every instance, monarchies are far greater value for money than republics. Furthermore, while dishonest politicians like to use the cost of royalty as a tool of distraction, there is not a monarchy in the world that is in financial trouble because of the cost of the monarchy.
Here’s another good comparison to make. In one year the British taxpayers spent $57.8 million on the monarchy. Also in one year, American taxpayers spent $304.5 million on economic aid alone to Kazakhstan (the least among the top 25 recipients of U.S. foreign aid). British and Commonwealth taxpayers are also spared the cost of presidential elections every four years. U.S. taxpayers also have to cover part of the multi-million cost of the Democrat and Republican Party conventions every four years which, nowadays, serve absolutely no real practical purpose at all anymore but which are, effectively, a four-day long infomercial on the candidate of that particular party. Think about that when you think of Sandra Fluke standing before a stadium full of people on live television broadcast to millions around the world complaining about women being silenced or when you think of Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair. If you’re an American taxpayer -you helped pay for that.