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michaelphoenix2

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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 2:40:01 PM

Being the leader of the free world is an expensive proposition. But the costs don't stop once you leave the White House.
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.
President Bill Clinton came in second at just under $1 million, followed by George H.W. Bush at nearly $850,000. Costs for Jimmy Carter, the only other living former president, came in at about $500,000.Read more: /story/2013/03/government-spent-nearly-37m-on-ex-presidents-in-2012-89293.html#ixzz2OflJN7aj
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 2:57:59 PM

Just wait four years. Heh heh!
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 11:08:22 PM

Washington, SS.

You know, the guy on all those dollar bills that Obama is printing to give to big banks and Palestinian higher education and failed green energy companies and unions and health consortiums and golf venues and...
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 10:24:01 PM

George Who?
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 9:45:58 PM

Guess who will be the most expensive former President in 2016?

Hint: It won't be Bush anymore.
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MiddletownMarty
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 9:19:47 PM

It depends on what costs you intend to include. If you include the cost of two unfunded wars plus a tax cut, unfunded Medicare prescription benefits, and a recession then there's no contest.
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LTVibe
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 3:33:48 PM

>>Costs for Jimmy Carter, the only other living former president, came in at about $500,000.<<

The costs for Jimmy Carter in 2012 'came in at about $500,000'. And Carter has been a former president for over 32 years. I wonder what the total cost has been since he left office.
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 3:23:24 PM

Hmm...interesting that the costs go down as their presidencies get further in the past. Just a minor technicality...
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nraacct
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 3:13:18 PM

Wait til they get the bill for the current resident of the White House.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 2:41:16 PM

Obscurity has it's price
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