Why Are American Tax Payers Paying to Protect Rich Former Presidents? – Stupidity?
Rich former presidents showing that they have no problem taking from the people, even when they don’t have to. Actions continue to speak for the content of character of every being that lives on planet Earth. A bill, the Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012, reverses a previous law that limited Secret Service protection for former presidents and their families to 10 years if they served after 1997. Under the law Obama signed, he, former President George W. Bush and future former presidents will receive Secret Service protection for the rest of their lives. Children of former presidents up to the age of 16 are assured protection under the new law.
When the nation was shutting down under budget cuts, and national monuments and parks closed, did any of the rich presidents lose their lifetime tax funded body guard service? If the bill Obama passed giving presidents who have profited from the wars they have waged in the world isn’t theft from the American people, leaving out Jimmy Carter and his family was a true testament of a NON-AMERICAN ACT! Do they hate the Carter family, for being to American? The family that left the White House that didn’t rob the citizens and tried to do their best? The only thing that is for sure, is that Clinton’s, Obama’s, and Bush’s have plenty of money, homes, and assets to pay for their own protection!
How many homeless and hungry Americans in the street?
Waiting for the president for the people Donald Trump to pass a law that lets rich former presidents of the U.S. pay for their own protection! The greed and corruption has to come to an end and it can start by freeing up one thing that is creating unnecessary debt on the American people! When will the people say enough of the waste-less spending on those whose history has shown, they were working for their own self interests and bank accounts?
Clinton’s $580K office and Bush’s $83K phone bill: The taxpayer-funded perks of being an ex-president
Taxpayers are shelling out nearly $4 million a year to pay the expenses of the country’s four living ex-presidents, all of whom are millionaires thanks to lucrative book deals and speaking fees. The perks include $580,000 for Bill Clinton’s office in New York City, $83,000 for George W Bush’s phone bill and $15,000 in postage for Jimmy Carter. Now, a bi-partisan bill in Congress aims to cut government support for former Commanders-in-Chief, paring it back to $200,000 — unless the president earns more than $600,000 a year. Taxpayers began paying for offices, secretaries and travel for former presidents in 1958 when Harry Truman had to take out a bank loan to afford the cost of keeping up with requests for speaking engagements after he left office.
Obama will top Bush as most costly ex-president
Former President Barack Obama is about to become the most expensive ex-president, costing taxpayers $1,153,000 next year, according to a new Congressional Research Service memo looking at the official allowances for the five living former chief executives. His $1,153,000 budget request for 2018 is more than $100,000 higher than George W. Bush’s request for next year and nearly $200,000 more than Bill Clinton’s expected budget. George H.W. Bush is slated to get $942,000, while Jimmy Carter will get less than half that, at just $456,000. Every former president gets an office, expenses and, in some cases, an annual pension payment, thanks to a:
Ex-presidents cost taxpayers millions
As if we needed further proof that being leader of the free world is a cushy gig, a new report shows that the perks keep rolling in long after a commander-in-chief leaves office.
According to the Congressional Research Service, taxpayers forked over $3.7 million last year to pay for the four remaining presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. And that number doesn’t include the additional money we spend on their lifetime of Secret Service. The Former Presidents Act became law during the Eisenhower administration, just after Harry Truman left office. After leaving the White House, Truman could barely pay his bills. Since then, everyone who’s taken the oath has been guaranteed an enviable allowance that covers their pension, office, staff, travel, even postage. Those numbers can quickly add up.
George W. Bush racked up a $1.3 million tab last year, the report says. Part of that money went to fund 8,000 square feet of office space in Dallas. Bill Clinton apparently feels like a million bucks too. He also spent most of his money on office space. The first President Bush enjoyed taxpayer-funded benefits to the tune of $850,000 dollars. For Jimmy Carter, it was close to $500,000. Not exactly chump change, especially when you factor in how much these former presidents make from book sales, speaking engagements and appearances. Bill Clinton and “Bush 43” pocketed speaking fees in the $10 million – $15 million range just last year alone.
With all the talk in Congress these days about wasteful spending, you’d think lawmakers would be falling all over each other trying to reign in presidential perks. But last year, when Rep. Jason Chaffetz,R-Utah, introduced a bill to limit costs to a $200,000 pension, plus another $200,000 in pocket change, the bill didn’t even make it out of committee. Just when we thought Congress couldn’t see eye-to-eye on anything, it seems lawmakers are pretty content to let the men who’ve done time in the oval office run up the bill. But not everyone’s looking for a: