It’s no secret that Former President Barack Obama has used taxpayer’s money to treat himself and his family to pretty much whatever the hell they desire. Since his departure from the White House, Obama has blown through so much money, spending it on lavish vacations and living like a celebrity. Fortunately for us, Congress isn’t going to let it slide. It has been reported that Congress has just let Obama know that his hefty government pension could very well be taken away. Finally, some good news!
Since leaving office, Obama has continued to prove that he is a leftist elitist who isn’t scared to spend money earned by other people. Although it is understandable that after leaving office it is fairly normal for a Former President to take some kind of vacation to unwind, the never-ending string of trips that Obama has been taking has been getting out of hand.
After leaving the Oval Office in January, Obama took his family on a pricy getaway to Marlon Brando’s private island in Bali. He then took his family to the four-seasons where the rooms cost approximately $2,000 a night. It didn’t stop there. The Obamas reportedly continued their never-ending vacation to a Palm Springs estate, then onto Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island. After those trips the family stayed at the Mid Pacific Country Club in Oahu, which if you didn’t know, is extremely exclusive. Then it was onto the 13th century Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany. After that they went to the Rising Sun, and Hollywood studio mogul Davis Geffen’s private yacht. It seems like he has spent more time in the last six months going on vacations than the average American does in a lifetime.
According to Telegraph:
“The Obama hypocrisy on this issue is revealing,” Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and sponsor of the 2016 bill told USA Today. “His veto was very self-serving.”
Mr Chaffetz, and Jodi Ernst, a Republicam senator from Iowa, who sponsored the companion bill in the Senate, have announced that they will re-introduce the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act this month.
The bill would caps presidential pensions at $200,000, plus the same for expenses. But those payments would be reduced dollar-for-dollar once their outside income exceeds $400,000.
When it was first introduced last year, Mr Obama vetoed the legislation on the basis that it would force former presidents to fire their support staff.
Mr Obama said that capping the expenses at this amount would cripple the initiatives of several former presidents, forcing them to lay off staff, and cancel office leases.
Currently the General Services Administration must provide “suitable office space, appropriately furnished and equipped”.
The total cost of maintaining and staffing those offices currently ranges from $430,000 for former president Jimmy Carter to $1.1 million for former president George W. Bush, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service cited by USA Today.
The 2017 spending bill approved by Congress this week contained nearly $3.9 million to fund all the former presidents until the 30th September.
Mr Trump has not commented on the legislation. But during the campaign, he said he’d take a close look at pensions for elected officials.
There you have it folks, our Former President has proved himself to be a real POS. It’s about time that someone stop him in his tracks before he spends any more of our money on unnecessary getaways for himself and his family.
H/T: Fox News, Telegraph.co.uk,USA Today