According to a Congressional Research Service report that was published earlier this year, the federal government has given a total of nearly 16 million dollars to Bill Clinton since 2001. Each one of those dollars is a dollar that some U.S. taxpayer worked really hard for or that we had to borrow. Yes, we don’t want our former presidents to go broke for a whole bunch of reasons, but it is absolutely absurd that we are showering them with millions upon millions of dollars.
According to the Washington Post, Bill Clinton has been receiving about a million dollars a year “for office space, staff, and a pension” since he left office…
According to an April report from the Congressional Research Service, Bill Clinton has received nearly $16 million in pensions and benefits from the federal government since leaving office. That includes $944,000 in fiscal year 2014 for office space, staff, and a pension.
George W. Bush is actually receiving more money from the taxpayers than Clinton is each year…
Bush the younger is costing taxpayers $1.28 million this year, and averages 4 per cent more annual than Clinton.
The government’s General Services Administration inexplicably budgeted $102,000 for Bush’s telephone expenses in 2014, and planned to spend $135,000 more on furniture, computers, office supplies and other miscellany.
According to author Robert Keith Gray, approximately 1.4 billion dollars is spent on the Obama’s every year. Here are just a few excerpts from his book:
- The Obama’s have the “biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever”.
- Obama has 469 senior staff working directly under him, and 226 of them make more than $100,000 a year.
- There is always at least one projectionist at the White House 24 hours a day just in case there is someone that wants to watch a movie.
- The “dog handler” for the family dog Bo reportedly makes $102,000 per year and sometimes he is even flown to where the family is vacationing so that he can care for the dog.
The Former Presidents Act of 1958 provides one-time residents of the White House with pensions, office expenses, professional staff, coverage for medical care, and lifetime Secret Service protection.
Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz tried to change the arrangement in 2012 with his Presidential Allowance Modernization Act, but it died in committee.
The legislation would have capped the government’s total spending on any former president to $400,000. And that amount would have been reduced dollar-for-dollar by any money they earned.