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Taxpayers Billed $40K for Oil Portrait of EPA Chief
foxnews.com ^ | November 20, 2012

Posted on 11/21/2012 6:04:14 AM PST by ilovesarah2012

Over at the Washington Times, Jim McElhatton has written a story about the exorbitant prices the federal government pays to memorialize cabinet members and other bureaucrats who do the people's work by commissioning paintings of themselves.

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.

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1 posted on 11/21/2012 6:04:21 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

A BIG oil painting of the BIG EPA “chief”. That sounds weird.


2 posted on 11/21/2012 6:07:26 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Amnesty - Obama's bailout of Mexico. Barry sticks it to America again!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

"...we got off lucky, her portrait could fill the side of a semi"

3 posted on 11/21/2012 6:08:04 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: ilovesarah2012

Keep the painting, fire the Chief!


4 posted on 11/21/2012 6:09:22 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Rather than oil, the medium I prefer for these petty tyrants is a liberal application of tar followed by a few bucketloads of goose feathers.


5 posted on 11/21/2012 6:10:09 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: G Larry

Sell the painting on Ebay.

I am so sick of these people.


6 posted on 11/21/2012 6:12:03 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
EPA wallahs release costly document describing their fat wad against America.


7 posted on 11/21/2012 6:12:29 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I am sure same happened under Republican administration. Just more examples how the Federale Gov’t is huge welfare program for the people working in it and the contractors like like this painter. Sure we need a Federal Gov’t but half of the Federales could be fired and it would function more efficiently. There is no doubt that some Federale agencies are affirmative action hiring halls....the Dept of Education and the EEOC are just for starters.

IOW the Federale Gov’t exists to benefit its employees. This is its primary mission. And its “workers” skew heavily liberal, gay, minority, female and liberal. The Department of Defense and our military would be an exception


8 posted on 11/21/2012 6:12:30 AM PST by dennisw ( The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Destined to be found in a storage locker on a reality show fifty years from now and appraised at four dollars and sixty-eight cents.


9 posted on 11/21/2012 6:14:39 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dennisw

And it skews heavily “stupid”.


10 posted on 11/21/2012 6:16:29 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Where will they hang all the portraits when the EPA is eliminated?


11 posted on 11/21/2012 6:16:37 AM PST by PGR88
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To: ilovesarah2012

I guess $41k is what it takes to get somebody to look at butt-ugly Lisa Jackson long enough to paint it?


12 posted on 11/21/2012 6:17:04 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: All

“In the end, the portrait will be un-hung, and the man will be hung”
Quote from the movie “Valkyrie”

We can only hope......


13 posted on 11/21/2012 6:17:21 AM PST by 383rr (Those who choose security over liberty deserve neither; GUN CONTROL= SLAVERY)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Take a f@#$%^& digital picture and send it to Costco or Sam’s $40. Our gov’t just does not get fiscal responsibility. When I read crap like this I want to start living like they do - go into debt, then add more debt, then force the bank to write it off (Bailouts), then go rack up more debt. What do I have to lose?


14 posted on 11/21/2012 6:19:10 AM PST by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Lisa Jackson -— Can you say P I G pig! Left to her own devices she will ruin the private sector. Those who actually do useful work and are forced to pay the taxes so she can stuff her face with 10 pork chops a day.


15 posted on 11/21/2012 6:20:05 AM PST by dennisw ( The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: ilovesarah2012
And it skews heavily “stupid”.

It skews heavily lardass
It skews heavily porn surfing half the day because he/she has nothing to do but collect a paycheck signed by Timothy Guithner

 

16 posted on 11/21/2012 6:22:35 AM PST by dennisw ( The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I am the type of human being who would be horrified and embarrassed to have so much govt money spent on a portrait of me

especially when my agency was in the business of putting so many taxpayers out of work

Until we get decent honorable people with a sense of moral decency in govt, we are doomed


17 posted on 11/21/2012 6:22:38 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: PGR88
Where will they hang all the portraits when the EPA is eliminated?

In post offices, on light posts next to the pictured...

18 posted on 11/21/2012 6:22:53 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Of course it cost $40k. Do you have any idea how many countless manhours had to go into trying to make this painting look good??

19 posted on 11/21/2012 6:24:00 AM PST by Obadiah (It pays to be a Democrat.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

I guess $41k is what it takes to get somebody to look at butt-ugly Lisa Jackson long enough to paint it?


20 posted on 11/21/2012 6:24:00 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: ilovesarah2012; PJ-Comix

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

With an extra $5,000.00 for the Pooh Bear!


21 posted on 11/21/2012 6:26:16 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Bread and Circuses; Everyone to the Coliseum!)
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To: PGR88

In schools in Philly where people vote...just like last election.


22 posted on 11/21/2012 6:37:41 AM PST by matginzac
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

This is behavior of an Elite class. They believe they are Royalty and everyone else exists to serve them.


23 posted on 11/21/2012 6:37:55 AM PST by Gasshog
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To: Cyclone59

If the GOP really wants to make a comeback, this is how you do it.

Turn the class hatred and envy around and aim it on the EEEEEEEVIL 1% that comprise the Government Ruling Class.

Would give a lot of us who at our core don’t believe in this stuff a case of severe indigestion, but it would be quite effective.


24 posted on 11/21/2012 6:40:28 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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Who and what spends millions on images of themselves to place before the masses?

All rise, ladies and gentlemen, America's 1960s Marxist-Alinsky campus radical, psycho spoiled brats and their issue.. the Establishment's New Normal:


25 posted on 11/21/2012 6:41:02 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: jospehm20

LOL! That’s what I was thinking! The usual fee? $100.


26 posted on 11/21/2012 6:48:02 AM PST by albie
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To: dennisw
its “workers” skew heavily liberal, gay, minority, female and liberal. The Department of Defense and our military would be an exception

Not for long...

27 posted on 11/21/2012 6:48:08 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (The trouble with the "masses" is that they never achieve the "m")
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To: Gasshog

“This is behavior of an Elite class. They believe they are Royalty and everyone else exists to serve them.”

As in the ancient world, they have proclaimed themselves demi-gods and are to be worshipped by the people at the altars they construct for themselves.


28 posted on 11/21/2012 6:49:40 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: silverleaf
"Until we get decent honorable people with a sense of moral decency in govt, we are doomed"

We're doomed. Unless you meant Morel:

morel mushroom

29 posted on 11/21/2012 6:54:01 AM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
where did they get authorization for this expense? Did the congress pass a budget to allow it? NO!!! And they have not held anyone accountable for the crap spending by the VA in Orlando, judges in 9th curcuit going to Hawaii, and many other luxuries for the government while the rest of the country - the tax payers are on the tight budget caused by a five year recession.

Want to help America make republicans try to make the size of government smaller by making government effective. A nice photo would have been a start - not a $40,000 painting, not for the EPA, the VP, The secty Defense etc. etc. Make government work !! I do !!

30 posted on 11/21/2012 7:00:51 AM PST by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Who do these people think they are, noblemen?

The Founders were affronted by the King’s tea tax, and yet here we are today paying enormous sums for the portraits of self-serving federal “aristocrats”.


31 posted on 11/21/2012 7:08:49 AM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut

“Aristocrats”! That was the word I was looking for. Thanks.


32 posted on 11/21/2012 7:11:39 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

It would take more than $40 K to render an attractive image of that subject.


33 posted on 11/21/2012 7:11:49 AM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: jospehm20

Hazardous duty pay


34 posted on 11/21/2012 7:13:55 AM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: ilovesarah2012

WOW! I wonder if Lisa approved the $40,000 expenditure on her SECRET private e-mail account that she was using to conduct bidness?


35 posted on 11/21/2012 7:19:58 AM PST by Captain7seas (Fire Jane Lubchenco)
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To: Obadiah

is it male , female or other ?


36 posted on 11/21/2012 7:59:05 AM PST by molson209
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