Thursday, April 09, 2015
PICTURE: This Cartoon Perfectly Sums Up What Countless Military Members Think of Barack Obama…
Welfare Leeches Across America Could Learn a Lot From What This Navy SEAL Just Said…
An unfortunate byproduct of the liberal agenda that has taken hold over much of the country is the entitlement mentality that it fosters.
This mentality leads many people to feel that they are entitled to anything and everything they want, and when they don’t get what they want they either whine and complain or make all kinds of excuses for their failures.
But excuses don’t fly with everyone, particularly those in the military, and a new book written by retired Navy SEAL Eric Greitens is taking excuse-making head-on.
Greitens, a Ph.D.-holding Rhodes Scholar who is contemplating a run for political office, has written a book entitled “Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life” about the power that comes from overcoming excuses and taking personal responsibility.
“How do excuses take hold? An excuse starts as a protective measure. It shields us from pain, saves our pride, keeps our ego from being punctured, allows us to obscure the brutal truth,” Greitens said. “That feels like a relief at first. We avoided the pain.”
According to Breitbart, Greitens described how people sometimes make excuse after excuse, layering them on top of one another, until they resemble a suit of armor. But he also noted that, while armor can protect you, it also slows you down and can make you more vulnerable.
“Excuses protect you, but they exact a heavy cost. You can’t live a full life while you wear them,” he explained.
And while well-meaning friends and family can help give someone excuses to lean on, he added, only the individual can give up and those excuses.
“People who think you weak will offer you an excuse. People who respect you will offer you a challenge.”
Excuses present an obstacle to the individual moving forward and overcoming whatever challenges they face, he explained, and only the individual can move such obstacles out of the way themselves by taking responsibility and rising to the challenge.
“Over the long term, you are responsible for your happiness,” Greitens said. “I don’t say this to blame you for how you feel. I say it because in taking responsibility you will find freedom and power.”
These are powerful words, and a message that needs to be heard by all of America, especially those who perpetuate a “woe is me” mindset.
If more people took responsibility for their own happiness and success, there would be fewer people standing around with their hands out, blaming their failures on society or historical events.
It all comes down to personal responsibility, holding oneself accountable for success or failure, and pushing to work harder and move forward, defeating challenges and obstacles.
Perks (While Sitting)
Staff – The President receives basically unlimited staff, as determined by Congress. There is some 96 employees in the White House not including security staff. A Chief Usher oversees a Chef, Pastry Chef, Physician, Social Secretary, Chief Calligrapher, and others. Each of these can oversee as many as 21 individuals themselves.
White House – The White House is absurdly expensive, costing over $4M a year. Flowers alone cost $250k a year. Movie theater, bowling alley, pool, tennis and basketball courts, putting green, groundskeepers, florists, valets and butlers, a pastry chef and 24-hour cooking staff.
Recreation – As above, the President receives some of the best recreation available. They receive invites to the best parties, and any invitation they send out is unlikely to be rebuffed. Many many activities occur on the South Lawn.
Air Force One – The middle level of these planes carries up to 70 passengers, as well as a 26-person crew. There’s ample room in the staff, media and security areas in the back half of the plane, but the president has a personal suite under the cockpit with an office, bathroom, bedroom and workout room. The upper level of the plane is for the telecommunications center, while the bottom level is for cargo. C17 cargo planes carry the motorcade to wherever the president is headed. It costs approximately $185k an hour.
Ground Transportation – The Beast, which costs around $300k a year, and is generally one of the most secure vehicles on the planet. They receive two ‘Dignitary Buses’ at around $1MM each. The Beast shoots grenades and sees in infrared.
Blair House – Larger than the White House, its 119 rooms include more than 20 bedrooms for guests and staff, 35 bathrooms, four dining rooms, a gym, a flower shop and a hair salon. Several presidents-elect and their families have spent their last few nights before inauguration in Blair House. Even more interestingly, when foreign leaders stay at Blair House, the house flies their flag — which means that the house itself becomes foreign soil. The Presidential Townhouse, set up by Nixon in 1969, is included in the property as a guesthouse for Former Presidents.
Travel & Advance Team – The Presidential Advance Team includes logistics and security for the president’s motorcade, as well as employing Secret Service against the 500 death threats the president receives each month, on average. President Bush’s administration in 2003, a trip to London required 904 staffers from Defense, 600 from the armed services, 250 Secret Service officers, 205 White House staff, 103 CIA staff, 44 staff from the State Department, 30 more from within the Cabinet, 18 Senior Advance Office staff, 16 Congressmen and 12 sniffer dogs.
Camp David – The Presidential vacation home. No Washington heat or traffic. Features 11 cabins, office cabin, swimming pool, shooting range, bowling alley, etc. Plus the use of Marine One to helicopter in, which is around $7MM each.
Security – Presidents before 1997 received security for life. This was changed to only 10 years for George W Bush, but then retroactively returned to lifetime security. It includes the spouse, and any children until age 16. Secret Service can also decide autonomously to continue security after.
Pension – Executive Level One Pay, which is currently $199k, in perpetuity. There’s a few bills trying to change it to 200k in total (removing all above) with removal of each dollar in personal annual wealth over $400k. These are fully taxable.
Transition – Presidents receive 6 months of transition costs. It covers office space, staff compensation, communications services, and printing and postage associated with the transition
Allowance – Clinton receives $580k for office rent, Bush receive $80k for Phone Bills, $15k for Carter’s postage. Total almost $4MM annually. 30 months after the 6 month transition, you receive $150k in post-presidential staff pay, and $96k a year after that.
Travel – Congress determined that former Presidents must travel as part of their civic duties, and are allowed $1MM in travel expenses.
Health Benefits – Presidents receive health benefits for 5 or more years of Federal service, and while it is ‘the same as Congress,’ they also get the added bonus of priority and use veteran’s hospitals. George HW Bush turned this down. Jimmy Carter is ineligible.
Presidential Townhouse – The Townhouse mentioned in the ‘Sitting’ sections Blair House is a perk that continues into retirement. The five-story building directly adjacent to the White House is used as a guesthouse for Former Presidents, and includes multiple dining rooms, bedrooms, and is connected to the Blair House via a basement housing Secret Service operations.
Please note the following edits:
As shown by Mike Holovacs’s answer, the VH-3 is currently still used as Marine One. My previous numbers were for the VH-71 which was cancelled due to its exorbitant costs. There is speculation that the next VXX RFP will cost around $100MM, however the current VH-3 costs $7MM per unit. The C-141 Starlifter was replaced with the C-17.
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