The elitist mentality of Barack Obama knows no boundaries. After spending the summer trying to pretend that he’s part of the one percent by spending obscene amounts of money in a lavish, monarch-like imitation, he now wants American taxpayers to foot the bill for nearly $1.5 million. According to the Congressional Research Service, Obama will collect the most money for his annual budget than any other living, former president.
Although this new disclosure doesn’t surprise many conservatives who’ve tracked the former president’s net worth since taking office, for some democrats, the excessive waste is like a slap in the face. Taxpayers cover the pensions of former commander in chiefs, but considering the wealth he collected during his supposed public service, requesting such additional funds raises eyebrows.
It’s no secret that former presidents have offices, but according to a memo obtained by the Washington Times, Obama’s request for 2018 outstrips even Clinton by $200,000.
A number of people wonder why the former president must set up his office in the capital. He already had his turn, but now wants taxpayers to shell out more funds to keep his lavish lifestyle going.
The Former Presidents Act was established in 1958 after Harry Truman (one of the three democrat presidents who actually looked out for and served the nation’s interests instead of his own) reportedly went broke when he left the oval office. The measure apportions funds for former leaders to have a pension, office space, and other benefits.
George H.W. Bush collects nearly $950,000 for office rental, staff, and incidental expenses, but all presidents can request more than their allotment. Barack has taken advantage of that allowance to pay for his over 8,000 square foot office in Washington, D.C. It’s a wonder that this man who was least popular living president (including Bush) has chosen to remain in the capital when almost all others remove themselves.
Obama has requested more than $1.5 million for his office this year. Yet, President Trump just donated $1 million of his own money to victims of Hurricane Harvey. The difference is obvious.
His office, which is almost four times larger than the average American home, will cost citizens $536,000 in 2018. Former president Clinton’s office is bigger than that, but it costs taxpayers less, coming in at $518,000 per year.
President Carter’s office costs a reasonable $115,000 per year, but the growing amounts caused some members of congress to support the “Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2016.” That bill would have placed a limit on the excessive spending, especially for former presidents who were racking in tens and hundreds of millions each year for speaking engagements and other services.
Although the legislation passed, Barack Obama vetoed the bill saying that it would “impose onerous and unreasonable burdens” on former presidents. His pension payment is the highest of any president too, delivering him $236,000 annually.
Although the representatives of the people of the United States tried to reign in the spending on former presidents who net millions of dollars in personal funds, Obama vetoed the bill before leaving office. Now Americans know why.
Incidentally, Obama’s net worth is quite interesting for a man who supposedly served the public for eight years and collected a meager $400,000 for it. When he took office he was estimated at $1.3 million worth. Yet, by 2014, he’d increased that amount to at least $7 million, crediting book sales for the extra funds.
Granted, that certainly isn’t wealthy by Soros or Clinton Standards, but it’s still plenty to pay for his office space. The same is true for the Clinton’s. Why are American taxpayers footing the bill for such lavish surroundings?
A pension is one thing. Former presidents served the country and providing a yearly stipend for housing and other basic necessities is fine. However, once someone’s personal wealth exceeds a set amount in relation to the economic climate, that individual should not be eligible to impose more yearly drains on the citizens.
In addition, if the man has a history of corruption, it seems outrageous to give him more money.
Already, president Trump has given his salary back to the American people. But like a true democrat, Obama is whining for more money. During his stint as president, income inequality actually increased more than during the last three presidents combined.
People aren’t usually surprised that Obama said one thing but did the other. His excesses contributed to the Trump win, although democrats are happy to place the blame on Hillary.
With his budget request for 2018, Obama has become the most expensive ex-president to date, even outdoing the Clinton’s, which is quite a feat.