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    The cost of former presidents

    Guess before reading -- how much do you think it costs to support former US presidents? for a bonus, which living former president is costing taxpayers the most?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...tyle-2014.html

    I'm not telling up front; I'll just say that the figures surprised me, though who's costing us the most didn't, really.


    edit: this doesn't include the cost of Secret Service coverage; that's a figure they don't give out so freely -- I guess the amount might tip someone off as to how much security each one has.
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    --Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000

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    Re: The cost of former presidents

    Not surprised.

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    Re: The cost of former presidents

    Well at least you have a combined Head of State / Head of Government (i.e. the President), in the United Kingdom we have to financially support all of our former Prime Ministers, and we have an extensive monarchy to keep as well. Furthermore, in the event that Queen Elizabeth II were to abdicate for whatever reason, the taxpayer would still be responsible for keeping her, as a former monarch of the United Kingdom.

    And whilst I support the monarchy, I do think that the extent of it, and the financial burden that it places on taxpayers is too great, perhaps they could scale it down to include the reigning monarch, his/her consort and his/her immediate offspring, and the remaining 'minor' royals can fend for themselves. I consider that to be a more than reasonable comprise, although staunch royalists would perhaps disagree.

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    Re: The cost of former presidents

    i would say the whole idea of a monarchy is way outdated and couldnt imagine the brits tolerating it, but there are far worse players in control of the American congress.
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    Re: The cost of former presidents

    Quote Originally Posted by Special K View Post
    in the United Kingdom we have an extensive monarchy to keep as well.
    The Royal family generates close to 500 million (about US$849 million) every year for British tourism. (The Telegraph; 2011)

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    Re: The cost of former presidents

    Quote Originally Posted by evanrick View Post
    i would say the whole idea of a monarchy is way outdated and couldnt imagine the brits tolerating it, but there are far worse players in control of the American congress.
    Some people think democracy is outdated.

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    --Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000

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    Re: The cost of former presidents

    Quote Originally Posted by opinterph View Post
    The Royal family generates close to 500 million (about US$849 million) every year for British tourism. (The Telegraph; 2011)
    Too many people forget this.

    Britain's monarchy is a money machine.

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    Re: The cost of former presidents

    The Royal family generates close to 500 million (about US$849 million) every year for British tourism. (The Telegraph; 2011)
    I did clearly state in my post that I support the monarchy, and there is no denying that it is a very important asset for British tourism. But taxpayers are still liable for contributing towards the upkeep of the Royal Family, in addition to our former living Prime Ministers, so in effect, it is a double burden. After all, that was what the OP's post was about.
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    Re: The cost of former presidents

    Quote Originally Posted by rareboy View Post
    Too many people forget this.

    Britain's monarchy is a money machine.
    How much of a monarchy would it take to balance the US budget?


    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

    --Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000

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    Re: The cost of former presidents

    I found Hillary Clinton's comment that they were dead broke after leaving the White House amusing. I suspect that she was technically correct, because they probably had a huge debt for legal fees. However, considering what we now know what was their future earning potential, that's the state of being "dead broke" I could live with.

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    Re: The cost of former presidents

    If the government estimates a cost that is acceptable to live for citizens, then we should pay them that amount. Still give them security, but just above a poverty level is considered not in poverty. Why we need to pay for staff and offices I have not the faintest.
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    Re: The cost of former presidents

    Quote Originally Posted by JayHawk View Post
    If the government estimates a cost that is acceptable to live for citizens, then we should pay them that amount. Still give them security, but just above a poverty level is considered not in poverty. Why we need to pay for staff and offices I have not the faintest.
    The median national income would be a good starting point.

    Or maybe the average.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

    --Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000

    *the number is now forty

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