Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Why Is This OK?

It's fine if Melania wants to live in New York, but why should NYC pay anyhting toward it?  The WaPo reports  the figure at $500,000 per day.

And while we're on the subject, how many ex-presidential family members get lifetime taxpayer protection?
In 1994, Congress passed a law limiting Secret Service protection to 10 years for former presidents who entered office after Jan. 1, 1997.

On Jan. 10, 2013, Obama signed into law the “Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012” which reinstated Secret Service protection for life for all former presidents and their spouses. That includes former Presidents Jimmy Carter; George H.W. Bush; Bill Clinton; George W. Bush and their wives.

  Sun Times
HR. 6620, the "Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012," also gives Secret Service protection to former First Ladies and guarantees agents will continue to shadow children of former Presidents until they become 16 years of age.

It's bad enough when they're actually in the White House.
Obama had some expensive vacations – a single family trip to Hawaii alone cost taxpayers more than $4 million.

  Red State
The federal government covers the costs of offices and a small staff for former presidents, plus a pension and other compensation for travel, an acknowledgement of the role — albeit not official — former presidents serve after they are no longer in office.

For example, according to the General Services Administration, in FY2015, former President George W. Bush received $796,000 to cover health benefits, travel costs, office space, telephone costs, postage, printing costs, other services, supplies and materials, and equipment.

  Sun Times
Of course, families can decline protection. When President George Herbert Walker Bush walked away from the inaugural ceremonies of his successor Bill Clinton, his wife Barbara Bush said farewell to her agents on the Capitol steps, and moved back to Texas without them.

Shit yeah. Nobody in their right mind would mess with Babs. And if anyone did take her, who would want her back?


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