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.
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