Imperial Style

Mark Steyn:

In the American republic, even the dogs cost more. The Queen is a famous corgi lover and has been breeding them since she was a young girl. Now in her late eighties she’s slowing down and only keeps four. The president has one pooch, a photo-op accessory called Bo, who, unlike the corgis, requires a full-time handler. In contrast to the stingy remuneration offered by the Royal Household, the presidential dog-walker is one of 226 White House staff earning over $100,000 a year. For many centuries, the King had a courtier whose somewhat intimate duties were reflected in his title: the Groom of the Stool, a position abolished in 1559. Now, after two and a third centuries, the American Presidency has evolved to the point that it has a full-time six-figure Groom of the Canine Stool. Will he be accompanying the President on Air Force One to liaise with the Keeper of the Privy Flatscreen over screenings of “Lassie”?

The American media doesn’t even question multi-million dollar jaunts in a huge jet for a minor speech. (Actually several jets, for all the staff and hangers on.) Or 40 car motorcades. Or motorcades for Senators and staffers.

Taxes must go up to pay for more imperial perks. But smile America! Barry’s taking $3 million vacations on your behalf.

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