Obama Wants 18% Pay Hike for Him, Ex-Presidents

By Greg Richter   |   Sunday, 20 Mar 2016 10:55 PM

President Barack Obama has requested a raise in the amount of money allotted to former presidents of 18 percent, according to a report by Congressional Research Service

"The President’s FY2017 budget request seeks $3,865,000 in appropriations for expenditures for former Presidents, an increase of $588,000 (17.9%) from the FY2016 appropriation level," the report says. 

For FY2016, Obama requested and received appropriations of $3,277,000 for expenditures for former Presidents, which is an increase of $25,000 from FY2015.

Former presidents began receiving pay after leaving office in after passage of the Former Presidents Act in 1958. The law was passed in response to former President Harry Truman having financial difficulties in his post-presidency. 

"Some critics of the Former Presidents Act say the statute subsidizes Presidents who are not struggling financially," the report reads. "Others argue that although a former President is not in a formal public position, he remains a public figure and should be provided a pension and benefits that permit him to perform duties that emerge as a result of his public status." 

The intent of the law is to provide for a dignified life for presidents after leaving office. Though many are financially secure, Truman and Ulysses S. Grant both struggled.

The annual pay is equal to that of the head of an executive department, which was $203,700 in 2015. It was raised to $205,700 in 2016.

Widows of former presidents receive $20,000 per year.


Anyone who is on Social Security, Social Security Disability, and Supplemental Security Income will tell you they did NOT get a raise in their benefits this year.  The reason stated for this is that since there has not been an increase in the cost of living, a raise in benefits is not necessary.  Yet Obama feels a pay raise is necessary for him and his surviving predecessors. 

So typical.  I guess they need the extra money to cover the cost of giving their servants/staff raises (which I'm sure they do deserve).  I'm sure it's not easy to be a servant and spend yours days wiping the bastard's mouths, drying their backs, holding their chairs for them, and passing them the salt (even when it's only a foot and a half away from them).

Those on government assistance can just make due, but the One Percenters get more every year.  I suppose they look at it like it's because they are producers, and those on government assistance - even the elderly who have earned a little respect - are just useless leaches living off of their good will.  Good will.  Now that's a good one.

National Socialism does not penalize people for getting old or sick.  For anyone who is going to bring up the euthanasia policies of the Third Reich, none of that was done without the consent of the families.  If those families claim they didn't know, they are lying.  They just don't want to get into trouble or be thought of as horrible people for wanting to get rid of their disabled family members.

Once, Albert Speer, Hitler's architect visited a place called Das Haus der blinden (The House of the Blind).  It was a government care facility for blind people who had no families to care for them.  The residents lived in a comfortable environment, were treated very decently, and got the best of care.

But to get back on track, National Socialism cares for its own.  It also doesn't pay its retirees say, $100,000, and cut it down to $20,000 to the wife when the recipient dies.  Like the widow only needs 20 percent of what her husband got now that he's dead?  Sounds like a lot bull crap to me.  I can see cutting a little bit, but 80 percent?  No way.

Dan 88!