Gov Spends $180,000 On Portraits of Agency Heads

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Pictured: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

While tens of millions of Americans struggle to put food on the table, find jobs and keep their homes, the aristocracy doesn’t skip a beat:

The Environmental Protection Agency spent nearly $40,000 on a portrait of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, while a painting of Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley will cost $41,200, according to federal purchasing records.

The price tag for a 3-by-4-foot oil portrait of Agriculture Department Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack: $22,500.

All told, the government has paid out at least $180,000 for official portraits since last year, according to a review by The Washington Times of spending records at federal agencies and military offices across government.

Painting people high up in all branches of the federal government is a long-held tradition for Republicans and Democrats alike in Washington. Taxpayers picked up the tab for official portraits of top appointees in the Bush administration, too, including more than $40,000 spent on a painting of former Attorney General John Ashcroft, records show.

A portrait of former EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, another Bush appointee, cost about $30,000, according to EPA records.

Source: Washington Times

Aww heck, what’s another $180,000 with a national debt approaching $20 Trillion?

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  • Kulafarmer

    Thats good, makes it easier to figure out who is screwing us over!

  • Where are the portraits? Do the taxpayers get to see them? Not that anyone would care to.
    What about the debt and the fiscal cliff, sounds like another myth to brainwash people into giving up food or medical care to enrich the elite. You see, they are better than all of us.

  • SKIP

    I would rather see a velvet painting of Elvis for $40 from Bangkok that Lisa Jackson, is she black?

  • Who is Lisa Jackson?

    • SKIP

      She is head of the EPA and naturally, one of the Obamuslim’s close friends as he described her.

  • umx3

    They believe America is a monarchy and the ‘Lords and Ladies’ of the house require an official recognition of their majesty in the form of a portrait. As we see, our American Revolution didn’t work so maybe it’s time we try the French kind.