By Tom Z
10:58 AM EDT, March 26, 2013
A commission has tallied up how much America spends annually on its ex-Presidents, and George W. Bush tops the charts by costing taxpayers $1.3 million a year. Bill Clinton is next at $1 million, followed by Original George Bush and Jimmy Carter. What is it we’re paying for, you ask? From Politico:
The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service says the federal government spent nearly $3.7 million on former presidents last year. That covers a $200,000 pension, compensation and benefits for office staff, and other costs like travel, office space and postage.
The costliest former president? George W. Bush, who clocked in at just over $1.3 million. That includes almost $400,000 for 8,000 square feet of office space and $85,000 in telephone costs.
This amounts to almost nothing in the grand scheme of things, but I still don’t see why we should be paying for office space for former Presidents. Security, yes. Secretary, no. And how is it possible that George W. Bush spends $85,000 in telephone costs? You can get a Verizon unlimited family plan for 269 bucks. Even if he bought every single talking animal app, that’s still only like $4000 a year. Forget about finding a President who will work with Congress. Let’s get somebody who can work with the Apple Genius Bar.
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