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Something About Kerry I didn't Think Of

Discussion in 'Legal' started by beemerb, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. beemerb

    beemerb Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Got this today from a neice in MN.I hadn't given this any thought but sure looks true.
    Can't source.

    Thought I would share some information that is helping me decide how I will
    vote in November.....

    Most of us haven't thought about this -- no matter how much we like or
    dislike John Kerry. Even an estimate of this cost is staggering.

    If elected, you and I (or those of us who actually pay taxes) will pay
    upkeep and secret service protection for five Kerry mansions here in the
    United States plus those he and his wife own abroad. It is good to be John
    F. Kerry...the F stands for Forbes in case you ever wondered. He is one of
    the richest senators in government and he married even richer. Their
    properties certainly reflect their opulent lifestyle. When someone is
    elected president, the Secret Service has to protect this person and family
    as well as their property - for as long as the president and his spouse
    Beacon Hill, Boston $6.9 million As mentioned, the Kerry's have five US
    properties and several foreign properties. The cost to run one of these
    homes for a year is more than upper middle income Americans could afford,
    even if the rent was free, and all you had to pay was the water, gas &
    electric bills (we won't mention ground keepers, maintenance, pool, cooks
    and house keepers).

    Fox Chapel, PA $3.7 million (this is their "shanty")

    If Kerry becomes president each property requires staffed secret service
    security 24 hours a day. Security improvements to each home will come at
    tax payer expense. Even if the Kerry's never use all the properties - they
    will be retrofitted -- just in case they drop by for a weekend. Facilities
    for the secret service agents must also be provided on each property. Who
    do you think will pay for this? We pay! This takes all the expense off
    Kerry and puts it on us. Bill Clinton is paying for his New York manor
    house by charging the government monthly rent for the required secret
    service facility. The monthly rent is nearly three times more than his
    mortgage payment. So we the tax payers are buying his house and he pockets
    the extra money from the rent on the secret service facility. Then he gets
    to write off the interest on his mortgage. Well, he was broke from
    defending his immoral skullduggery and his wife's little scandals, so maybe
    we should feel sorry for poor old Slick Willie.

    Georgetown, Washington D.C. $4.7 million Ketchum, Idaho $4.92 million What
    does it cost to staff one property in terms of secret service agents?
    Let's just talk about his American properties. Each property would require
    5 agents per 6 hour shift 4 times a day 365 days a year for the rest of
    Kerry's life and however long his widow might live. In addition, we pay to
    house and feed these agents at each property for the duration. Do the math.

    Five properties requiring five agents per shift, times four shifts. That is
    20 agents per day per property,
    365 days per year. Lets say each agent receives a salary of about $60K
    (this doesn't include insurance, retirement, etc.; add 30% of salary for
    that). There will also be vehicles, repairs, gas, and other miscellaneous
    costs. Straight salary and benefits for 100 agents for one year would cost
    $7,800,000. We can only guess at the cost of retrofitting each property,
    building the facility necessary to house the agents and the monthly rent for
    each facility.

    Nantucket, MA $9.18 million ~~~~~

    On the other hand, George Bush owns one house - the one at his ranch in
    Crawford, Texas.
    Again, who pays? You and I pay. I don't mind one property; heck I wouldn't
    even complain about two - but five in the U.S. and those abroad?

    Perhaps Mr. and Mrs. Kerry should offer to foot the bill for all but two of
    these properties if they want me to consider his candidacy. Does it make
    sense to spend this kind of money on his excessive life style when he and
    Mrs. Heinz-Kerry can better afford it??

    Paying for the Kerry mansions is only a small part of my concern about this
    man sitting in the White House. Tax and spend Kerry - that's his party
    motto. I'd rather see the money we'd spend protecting his fancy properties
    go toward health care, our military and homeland security. Which America
    does he live in?? Not the same one I live in - that's for sure!

    Please pass the mustard; do America a favor and pass this to your friends IF
    you choose to do so.
    Let's keep Bush a resident of the White House rather than spend millions and
    millions to protect Kerry's preferred lifestyle and opulent properties.
    We'd save an incredible amount of money for more deserving programs.

    Oh, and viva Del Monte Ketchup!
  2. TheBluesMan

    TheBluesMan Senior Member

    Dec 20, 2002
  3. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Mentor

    Jan 26, 2004
    From the Snopes link:
    Interesting that they don't give a cite or a link for this assertion. :scrutiny:
  4. c_yeager

    c_yeager Mentor

    Mar 14, 2003
    Ummmm, actually they DID provide a link. Here is the link so that you can see for yourself : http://www.secretservice.gov/protection.shtml

    Is the secret services own website an adequate source for you?

    here is the relevant portion for people that don't want to click the link:

  5. Langenator

    Langenator Senior Member

    Jul 30, 2003
    Ft Belvoir, VA
    The cost of securing the Heinz-Kerry properties for the length of any Kerry administration plus ten years would still be a not insubstantial sum, more than any other President. Heck, when he was President, I don't think Clinton even owned a home.
  6. halvey

    halvey Participating Member

    Apr 28, 2004
    Oh come on. It may not be much to you, but that tin trailer in Arkansas is home to them.:D
  7. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Mentor

    Jan 26, 2004
    Thanks, yeager. Trust but verify, 'ya know. :)

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