President Obama has gotten used to living high on the hog, at the taxpayer’s expense and doesn’t want to stop his lavish lifestyle after he leaves the White House. He sought to increase the amount of money available for the federal government to spend on former presidents in advance of his White House exit.
In the 2016 and 2017 fiscal year budget requests, Obama put forward increases in appropriation expenditures of former Presidents. Specifically, the 2017 budget proposal is almost an 18 percent increase in appropriations for former Presidents and he had success in an increase in 2016.
Obama will be a former President, so his budgeting is not about his concern for Presidents Bush and Clinton, but rather an opportunistic plan to increase his pension after he is no longer in Washington DC.
So many Presidents go on to make profitable lives after the White House, writing books, speaking engagements that there does not seem to be a need for tax payers to subsidize former Presidents, if their own wealth is substantial enough to support them for the remainder of their days.
Read how Obama’s self-given pay raise clashes with conservative thought regarding The Former Presidents Act, on page two.