Former President Truman drove himself and his wife back to Missouri at the end of his term without significant wealth; financial troubles followed. Congress taking note, voted succeeding Presidents some help from the taxpayers.
Former President Clinton, with access to lucrative speaking gigs unavailable in Truman’s time, hardly needs the help; his estimated speaking fees since leaving office come to some $100 million. Nevertheless, he has taken an additional $16 million from the taxpayers fund intended to help ex presidents with limited means. President George W. Bush is taking taxpayer funds at a rate likely, if continued, to exceed Clinton.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see a mandatory annual public income report from all senior politicians, lifelong? While we are at it, we may as well wish for beauty, wealth and happiness for ourselves too …
We wonder how Tony Blair is doing in the U.K. and poor old what’s his name ex Soviet in Russia. And anyone wish to bet on Barack Obama?