Spendthrifting Forever

Or is it just narcissism?

President Obama sought to increase the amount of money available for the federal government to spend on former presidents in advance of his White House exit.

In his budget requests for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, Obama proposed hikes in the appropriations for expenditures of former presidents….

To the tune of a $600,000 increase—18%—in this spending.  No doubt the job of President is stressful; one has only to look at how much the last two—Bush the Younger and Obama, both relatively young men on their first election—aged over their mere eight years in office.  But none of this increase, nor any of the baseline of roughly $3.2 million, is intended to cover health related costs.  No, the money is intended for life style, protection details, libraries, and the like.

Notice, too that no existing ex-President has asked for an increase in such monies, not Jimmie Carter with his health problems, not Bush the Elder and his age-related health problems, not Bill Clinton, not Bush the Younger.  Only Obama wants more money, and he’s not even ex yet, just preparing to be.


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