Comments on: Taxpayer Dollars Spent on Official Government Portraits http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/taxpayer-dollars-spent-on-official-government-portraits/ The latest Politics news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers including Jake Tapper, George Stephanopoulos and more. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:29:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 By: Brian http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/taxpayer-dollars-spent-on-official-government-portraits/#comment-31466007 Brian Fri, 08 Mar 2013 21:32:01 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=838471#comment-31466007 Somebody above stated that not being able to film the portraits " ... is more concerning than the small amount of money they cost". However, as per a report by ABC News on tours to the White House being cancelled due to budget cuts, it would cost the Secret Service about $18,000 / week to run the tours. How many tours could they run at "The People's House" if they just took a photo portrait instead? Somebody above stated that not being able to film the portraits ” … is more concerning than the small amount of money they cost”. However, as per a report by ABC News on tours to the White House being cancelled due to budget cuts, it would cost the Secret Service about $18,000 / week to run the tours.

How many tours could they run at “The People’s House” if they just took a photo portrait instead?

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By: Marge http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/taxpayer-dollars-spent-on-official-government-portraits/#comment-31447750 Marge Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:49:10 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=838471#comment-31447750 Isn't this a long standing tradition? Isn’t this a long standing tradition?

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By: Kari http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/taxpayer-dollars-spent-on-official-government-portraits/#comment-31431733 Kari Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:07:01 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=838471#comment-31431733 I hope that ABC continues to follow this and delve into other ways our government wastes money. I realize this alone won't solve our budget problems but it is an example of all the money we waste. I am a Democrat but I'm starting to agree with what many Republican people are saying. I am not opposed to tax increases if the money is used wisely but I really don't want to pay more taxes if we are spending this much on a portrait. Good grief. I think Washington is just full of very self-centered people - not people that care about the rest of us. I am from Iowa and am embarrassed of Tom Vilsack's response! I hope that ABC continues to follow this and delve into other ways our government wastes money. I realize this alone won’t solve our budget problems but it is an example of all the money we waste. I am a Democrat but I’m starting to agree with what many Republican people are saying. I am not opposed to tax increases if the money is used wisely but I really don’t want to pay more taxes if we are spending this much on a portrait. Good grief. I think Washington is just full of very self-centered people – not people that care about the rest of us. I am from Iowa and am embarrassed of Tom Vilsack’s response!

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By: george http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/taxpayer-dollars-spent-on-official-government-portraits/#comment-31416164 george Wed, 06 Mar 2013 04:01:32 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=838471#comment-31416164 They will not only keep having the portraits done. They tell you you can't see them. Even though you paid for them. Frankly I'm surprised ABC put this story out since it reflects poorly on their "Holy One." They will not only keep having the portraits done. They tell you you can’t see them. Even though you paid for them. Frankly I’m surprised ABC put this story out since it reflects poorly on their “Holy One.”

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By: TITIAN http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/taxpayer-dollars-spent-on-official-government-portraits/#comment-31412399 TITIAN Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:45:03 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=838471#comment-31412399 Yes an ego trip. And of course a fine waste of time. But portrait commissions are as rare as the artists the can do them well. This culture does little in relation to its enormous size to support the arts. Does anyone think of the artists that have paid rent, medical bills or just bought food with that money? I assure you that the artists will pay a much higher proportional income tax on those dollars than any multinational corporation. As long as the art is of a professional quality, this deal is SMALL POTATOES to the billions and lives lost in war in the last 10 years. Yes an ego trip. And of course a fine waste of time. But portrait commissions are as rare as the artists the can do them well. This culture does little in relation to its enormous size to support the arts. Does anyone think of the artists that have paid rent, medical bills or just bought food with that money? I assure you that the artists will pay a much higher proportional income tax on those dollars than any multinational corporation. As long as the art is of a professional quality, this deal is SMALL POTATOES to the billions and lives lost in war in the last 10 years.

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By: wheresmymoney http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/taxpayer-dollars-spent-on-official-government-portraits/#comment-31408032 wheresmymoney Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:42:32 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=838471#comment-31408032 Will tonight's report be on the 50 MILLION DHS is spending on new iniforms for TSA agents? Will tonight’s report be on the 50 MILLION DHS is spending on new iniforms for TSA agents?

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By: marzipan http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/taxpayer-dollars-spent-on-official-government-portraits/#comment-31407298 marzipan Tue, 05 Mar 2013 15:36:08 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=838471#comment-31407298 Congressmen get free postage after they leave their job. Until they die. Seriously. They never have to spend a dime at the USPS again. They eat free at the capital. We're paying. How many of you get free food at work? Congressmen get free postage after they leave their job. Until they die. Seriously. They never have to spend a dime at the USPS again. They eat free at the capital. We’re paying. How many of you get free food at work?

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By: Rick McDaniel http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/taxpayer-dollars-spent-on-official-government-portraits/#comment-31406516 Rick McDaniel Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:18:20 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=838471#comment-31406516 They have to be given their 15 minutes of fame. That's going to happen, no matter how broke the country is! They have to be given their 15 minutes of fame. That’s going to happen, no matter how broke the country is!

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By: Quigglesworth http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/taxpayer-dollars-spent-on-official-government-portraits/#comment-31406206 Quigglesworth Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:55:34 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=838471#comment-31406206 Lizzie - I agree that it's wasteful, but there's a long way to go when we're talking $400k over the past two years (according to the article) in trying to cut into millions, billions, or trillions or wasteful spending. It's pretty much negligible. "Ego strokes" are wasteful, yes, but negligible. Props to ABCNews though for effectively stirring up debate on the subject. Lizzie – I agree that it’s wasteful, but there’s a long way to go when we’re talking $400k over the past two years (according to the article) in trying to cut into millions, billions, or trillions or wasteful spending. It’s pretty much negligible. “Ego strokes” are wasteful, yes, but negligible. Props to ABCNews though for effectively stirring up debate on the subject.

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By: Lizzie http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/taxpayer-dollars-spent-on-official-government-portraits/#comment-31406041 Lizzie Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:47:34 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=838471#comment-31406041 POSTED BY: QUIGGLESWORTH | MARCH 5, 2013, 8:30 AM 8:30 AM of course in your mind it won't make a difference, like President Obama said we have spend less then the previous administrations, which means I have no interest of saving money anywhere, but I will make sure vital services get cut but not anything that we consider vital to our well being, spending habits and waste. It's about time for another million dollar vacation. POSTED BY: QUIGGLESWORTH | MARCH 5, 2013, 8:30 AM 8:30 AM of course in your mind it won’t make a difference, like President Obama said we have spend less then the previous administrations, which means I have no interest of saving money anywhere, but I will make sure vital services get cut but not anything that we consider vital to our well being, spending habits and waste. It’s about time for another million dollar vacation.

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