I don’t know about you, but it really chaps my ass to know how many millions of dollars we spend on this group of past Presidents!
You do know how much we spend on them, right? A staggering amount!
For example, did you know we, the taxpayers, are paying $536,000 in 2018 for Obama to lease office space in Washington, D.C.?
Why? Why in the world should we have to pay that? Absurd!
Obama Alone Will Cost Us Over $1 Million in 2018
That's right, sickening numbers. As if he didn't get enough while in office!
From Fox News:
Former President Barack Obama will cost taxpayers $1,153,000 next year, according to a Congressional Research Service memo.
That amount will make Obama's expenses the highest of the five living ex-presidents, the Washington Times reported.
The Former Presidents Act, which became law in 1958, provides former White House occupants with lifetime benefits after leaving office. Each ex-president receives a base pension of $205,700 annually, but the budget requests they submit to Congress may also address additional expenses, such as for staff salaries, office allowances, travel and Secret Service protection.
Obama’s $1,153,00 budget request for 2018 is nearly $100,000 more than that of former President George W. Bush, and around $200,000 higher than for former President Bill Clinton.
Former President George H.W. Bush has requested $942,000, while former President Jimmy Carter comes in at $456,000, the Times reported.
A large portion of the former presidents’ budgets go toward leasing office space, such as the $536,000 cost for Obama’s office in Washington, $518,000 for Clinton’s setup in New York City, and $497,000 for Bush 43's office in Dallas.
Trump to the Rescue
But all that may soon be changing, thanks to a new Bill that just passed in the House.
This new bill will drastically curb those expenses, and not a moment too soon!
From the Washington Examiner, here are more details:
The House on Monday approved by voice vote legislation that would reduce taxpayer funding of former presidents.
The bill, authored by Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., modifies similar legislation passed in 2016 that former President Barack Obama vetoed.
“The lifestyle available to former presidents in this day and age is filled with high-paying opportunities, such as top-dollar speaking engagements, book deals, and board memberships,” Hice said. “Despite the millions of dollars offered by these lucrative deals, American taxpayers continue to foot the bill for yearly pensions, staff salaries, and office space. Given that our federal deficit is more than $20 trillion, it is imperative that our past presidents lead by example in cutting costs and prioritizing accountability as we strive toward a balanced budget.
The bill would cap at $500,000 annually the expenses incurred by ex-presidents for office space, leases, furniture, supplies, and staff salaries. It would also cap pensions at $200,000, which is about where they are set currently, and it would reduce monetary allowances if a former president earns more than $400,000.
Ex-presidents have become increasingly wealthy.
A Washington Post report last year found that former President Bill Clinton earned $104.9 million for 542 speeches between January 2001 and January 2013.
President Obama and Michelle Obama have already earned $65 million in advance money for books each is writing.
The Hice legislation would phase out the monetary allowance over time, slashing it to $350,000 in six years and reducing it to $250,000 in 10 years.
Under the Former Presidents Act of 1958, former presidents receive a pension of $205,700 annually and unlimited taxpayer money for staff salaries, office space, communications, travel, and other costs. According to Hice, those benefits cost $2.43 million in fiscal year 2016 and $2.84 million in fiscal year 2017.
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