A Republican senator introduced legislation Tuesday to cut down on the amount of money ex-presidents siphon from taxpayers, looking to limit their pensions and office expenses. Sen. Joni Ernst, Iowa Republican, said that while presidents should keep getting taxpayer-funded security details, they don’t need the more than $1 million in pensions and office equipment that former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush are each expected to cost in 2018. (snip) The Washington Times reported last month that Mr. Obama is poised to become the most expensive ex-president during his first full year out of office, in 2018. Between his $236,000 pension,
Comments: Great start. Limit ex-Congressional perks next.
I agree with Joni. Most Presidents leave office filthy rich, which is not the reason they are supposed to be there. Obama is a good example. He had nothing much when he was elected, now he is a millionaire (or more), for what? He was the worst President we ever had, IMO.
Why should they be entitled to retirement? They serve 4-8 years and for some reason this puts them in a position to hit the talk circuit or find other means to make lots of money. Early presidents gave a few years to their fellow citizens and then went back to their own lives never to be heard from again, unless they were respected enough to have worthwhile opinions for the leaders that followed them.
They should get what Harry Truman got - after they sign over the proceeds to their books, speaking engagements, and any other income derived from their former office. Prohibit any board memberships, including (especially) Foundations. Want the cash, then get a one dollar a year pension and the thanks of a grateful nation.
Didn´t I just read that the Obama´s have been investigating buying property on Cape Cod for 12 -15 million dollars?
Not to mention the house in D.C. and the one in Chicago that we still spend money on for "security reasons". Then there is the huge property that the Mooch bought in California. That one is still secret, protected by the Press no doubt. The rumored purchase in Hawaii is also secret.
By the time they are done they will own more homes than Bernie, the Socialist.
Actually, I´d prefer they didn´t get a single dime from the taxpayer when they leave office. They´re rich before they get elected, become even richer while in office making their sleazy corrupt side deals, take lavish vacations, and don´t deserve another single dime from us taxpayers. Make them pay for their own security too.
I applaud Senator Ernst for introducing the bill. The proof of real genuine intention is follow through, however. I expect to see her FIGHT for it, keep it in the forefront and not just a 2-day press story. I pray she is very very serious and will do just that.
Mar del Plata: Hopes that 44 crew members of a missing Argentine navy submarine may be alive rose when the defense ministry said the vessel likely tried to communicate via satellite on Saturday as a search mission was underway in the stormy South Atlantic. (snip) The dramatic search has captivated the nation of 44 million people, which recently mourned the loss of five citizens who were killed when a truck driver plowed through a bicycle path in New York City.
During my testimony yesterday at a Congressional Committee hearing about abortion, I testified how abortion does not address the needs of the most vulnerable in our country and should NOT be considered a government program such as Medicaid or food stamps (SNAP). What you’ll see blow is what is now a viral video of an attack on me from Democratic Representative Steve Cohen because he was so offended by my message. You will see his attack in the video below where he told me I was ignorant. Also, after the hearing, Cohen approached me, put his finger in my face, and Posted with permission of Staff.
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Saudi Arabia’s newest citizen has sparkling eyes, raspberry lips, and no hair. She has appeared on the cover of a fashion magazine. She once beat Jimmy Fallon at a game of rock-paper-scissors. Saudi Arabia’s newest citizen is a robot named Sophia—and as Cleve R. Wooston Jr. of the Washington Post reports, many people have pointed out that she already has more rights than human women who live in the country. (snip) While addressing the summit, Sophia did not wear a headscarf or the long, black cloak known as an abaya, which is mandatory under Saudi Arabia’s strictly enforced dress code
LaVar Ball, whose son was one of the three UCLA basketball players detained in China for shoplifting last week, said "who?" when asked about President Trump´s role in getting the players released. "Who?" Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump´s role. "What was he over there for? Don´t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.” (Snip) Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from L.A. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses."
Once upon a time, Hillary Clinton thought the prospect of a presidential candidate declining to pledge to absolutely accept the sanctity of certified election results was "horrifying." She said so in a general election debate in order to attack Donald Trump -- who, at the time, was (recklessly) leaving the door open to challenge the outcome of an election most people expected him to lose. Chief among these people was Hillary Clinton. That´s why she excoriated his dodging and noncommittal answers on the question as dangerous to American democracy. (Snip for video)[Clinton] said she found “horrifying” the intimation he would
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NEW YORK — Kirsten Gillibrand is having a moment, whether she meant to or not. Going where no other prominent Democrat had before on Thursday evening by declaring that Bill Clinton should have resigned the presidency during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the New York senator and potential 2020 presidential contender yet again found herself the face of a national conversation with the potential to dominate headlines and divide her party. At a time Democrats are desperate to keep the focus on accusations against President Donald Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Gillibrand’s stand shocked even some of her close allies. They
A Democratic congresswoman says she was sexually assaulted by a “prominent, historical” senator in the 1980s — and “everyone on Capitol Hill knew” that he was a harasser. “Historical figure, hand kept going up the leg, I took it off. A women member was at the table, recognized what was happening, and said, ‘switch places,´” Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell told CNN. (Snip) Dingell said it happened in her first year of marriage to Rep. John Dingell, whom she wed in 1981. But despite the 36-year time gap, Dingell said she’s still afraid to name the prominent perv.