Well, Trump said he was going to drain the swamp, and so he is. The latest swamp creature, which appears to be an enormous leech, to go? None other than everyone’s favorite: Barack Obama. According to a new report from Judicial Watch, the total cost of the Obamas’ vacations and travel, which has been paid for by American taxpayers, currently stands at $105,662,975.27. No, that’s not a typo. Rounded up, that’s around $106 billion. All this while Obama rakes in millions each year from his speaking engagements, publishing deals, and more.
Trump will do this by signing a bill that is awaiting a vote in the Senate (a companion bill is also being considered by the House). These bills are designed to reduce the excessive amounts that the American taxpayers pay for all past presidents, including Obama. The Daily Caller explains:
A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday to reduce the salary former presidents can make, years after former President Barack Obama vetoed similar legislation in 2015.
The update to the Former Presidents Act would reduce how much former presidents receive in pension from the taxpayers and reduce the total amount of money taxpayers contribute to former commanders in chief.
Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, sponsor of the Senate legislation, explained, ‘Our national debt now exceeds $20 trillion; this bipartisan effort is another important step toward reigning in Washington’s out-of-control spending. It is ridiculous to continue asking taxpayers to help foot the bill for former presidents’ perks at a time when they already rake in millions of dollars from book deals, speaking engagements, and more.”
In 2017, alone, U.S. taxpayers have forked over $2.8 billion (yes, that’s billion, with a “b”) to support the five living former presidents. Congressional Research Service report details that the money has been spent on their salaries, security, staff and other perks of office.
While cutting back on excessive expenditures for past presidents clearly seems to have tremendous support, one politician who did not support it was, yes, you guessed it, Barack Obama. Apparently Obama vetoed a similar bill when he was in office. Of course he did. Signing a bill like that would mean he would not be able to continue getting fat and rich off the hard work of millions of decent Americans.