Do you think the US President should be entitled to expensive perks?

United States
October 6, 2008 7:26pm CST
Should the US tax payers be required to pay for non-job related expenses, vehicles or vacations taken by the President? Or, should he be required to pay for those things for himself? What's your thoughts on this?
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I wish we'd give all elected officials from the state level up to the president the same thing, a house to live in while they are in office, enough food to keep them fed and a small pittance for life items. Maybe we'd get a better class of politician if we'd didn't make them so wealthy. Maybe they'd be better if they had to live like ordinary folks, barely making it from paycheck to paycheck
• United States
7 Oct 08
And, it would be more fair, too. They'd get to see how the rest of us live.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Oh, and I forgot an important part. I wouldn't give them any retirement pay either. then maybe they'd be less happy about destroying social security and medicare programs
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• United States
7 Oct 08
You got that right. If regular US citizens have to suffer, so should they. Course, they probably have huge bank accounts and savings that would let them coast comfortably in retirement. Average American can't say that.
• United States
7 Oct 08
Well I think they should have to pay for non job related things. I for one am tired of paying for over price hair cuts. How about you? After all, what are we paying the president a salary for if we are footing all his bills.
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• United States
7 Oct 08
Thank you! That's the kind of wasteful spending I'm talking about. No way a good hair cut should have to cost that.
@raclie (1732)
• Singapore
7 Oct 08
i think they should pay non-job related exppenses, so they will be able to see how diffiult it is for normal citizens. if the president has to pay the taxes, he will have a clearer view on how does it affect others. and also, maybe the pay should not be so high, so, like what i said, they will be able to understand your plight better.
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• United States
7 Oct 08
Yes, I agree! Sometimes, I think the politicians live in their ivory towers and never realize how desperately the little people struggle. And they are all rich. We are not! Yet, we must follow the laws they set.
• United States
7 Oct 08
In the past presidents really didn't take lavish vacations to foreign countries, but the last two have. President Clinton when to China, and Europe in his last year. George W. Bush has spent more time on vacation than any other president in our nations history. Our president does have to have vehicles that can protect him, but does he need to fly around where ever he wants spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a day on travel? NO he doesn't, but this won't stop Bush, or our next president from doing so.
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• United States
7 Oct 08
You're right about that. We are the nations of big debt and big spenders.
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• Canada
6 Dec 09
The President is human just like anyone else, and as such should not be eligable for perks that the rest of the population wouldn't get. Getting perks that are not related to the job on the tax payer's dime only encourages corruption in any organization, not just in politics.
• United States
10 Oct 08
I think the president needs to pay for it himself. The problem arrises when he needs to get there. When he became president he signed a paper saying he would not drive so he we have to pay for that part. Then we pay for the secret service to keep him safe.