H.R. 3203 was just introduced.
The short title:
“Restore the Tour Act”.
The full title:
“ To provide the people of the United States with an opportunity to make gifts to the United States Government to be used for the purpose of providing public tours of the White House.”
Lets try to add some perspective to this.
The Direct Operating Cost (DOC) of a bare bones Boeing 747 is about $25,000 per airborne hour today. Tomorrow, that number could change. Add to that, with the VERY stringent maintenance that needs to be performed because this bare bones 747 is Air Force 1, and that number can easily double. So we are looking at approximately $50,000 per airborne hour.
From another point of view. When everyone is on board, and the pilot starts the first engine, the cost of that engine start closely resembles the average US Citizens tax bill. AND there are three more engines to start. Keep in mind, the aircraft hasn’t even moved under it’s own power yet.
Make no mistake. Every replacement part that is to be installed on AF1 goes through many more quality control checks than it would if the same part was going to an airline, and the actual cost of that very expensive part, to begin with, can easily triple. So in other words, the life of the President is worth more than yours and possibly 350 other passengers if you are flying on an airline.
Back to H.R.3203. It would be interesting to know, certainly with regard to the above, how a member of Congress could even conceive of such a bill. Not only conceiving, but all one need do is to read the “Constitutional Authority Statement”, to reveal the absurdity.
[Congressional Record Volume 159, Number 130 (Friday, September 27, 2013)]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
By Mr. GRAY SON:
Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to the following:
Article I, Section 8, Clause 1
``The Congress shall have Power To . . . provide for the . . . general Welfare of the United States.''
Comment: The clause stated is just a preamble to the Enumerated powers that immediately follow, and this clause does NOT grant congress any ADDITIONAL powers.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 17
``To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, but Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-yards and other needful Buildings;''
Comment: this clause has no application whatsoever and it stretches one’s reasoning ability.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 18
``To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States or in any Department or Officer thereof.''
Comment: Clause 18 is just a rewording of Clause 1, and in itself does NOT grant any additional powers to Congress.
Article I, Section 9, Clause 7
``No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law . . .''
Comment: ??????? Just how was this derived?
If you find it difficult to believe such clap trap, see for yourself here.
It should be apparent that there are at least some, if not most, of Congress have no clue Constitutionally. Well, for that matter, neither does the Supreme Court.
And now this government is reduced to begging?
Your tax dollars at work purchasing absolutely nothing.