Socialist Bernie Sanders: Living in a Mansion Like the White House Would be Like “Public Housing”

During a Democratic Presidential forum, someone asked Bernie Sanders an interesting question:  “Is it off-brand for a Democratic socialist to live in a mansion like the White House?” Sanders responded, “I would consider it more like public housing.”

While the first family does have to pick up the tab for some things such as food, they don’t have to pay rent, a mortgage, or utility bills.

John F. Groom, author of The $1.4 Billion Man:  Costs of the Obama White House, broke down the expenses associated with providing for the first family:

  • President’s salary and allowance: $450,000
  • White House building operating expenses: $14,658,000
  • White House Grounds: $6,057,000
  • Vacations: $20,000,000
  • Health care for the first family, including traveling medical staff and equipment: $7,000,000
  • Campaign expenses not reimbursed to government: $311,000,000
  • White House staff: $7,985,420
  • Office of Administration budget: $14,481,000
  • Special missions including White House Communications Agency: $161,252,000
  • Military salary costs: $153,441,360
  • Salary costs for presidential airlift squadron: $75,000,000
  • Presidential plane fleet: $44,000,000
  • Presidential helicopter fleet: $300,000,000
  • Ground transportation: $2,200,000
  • Transportation total: $346,200,000
  • Secret Service: $259,152,884

That’s some “public housing.”

Sanders was also asked how much someone would need to make in order to be considered “rich.” He responded, “I would say that people who make $250,000 a year are doing pretty well.”

If Sanders becomes president, he’ll be making $200,000 more than what he considers to be rich, and he’ll be drawing on the taxpayers to pay for his $1.4 billion-a-year life. And he complains about Wall Street.