Off the Editor’s Desk – 3-12-2014


I have wondered for a long time how a person with ordinary means gets elected to public office and serves some time in Washington D. C. and has amassed a fortune.

I wondered how men like Richard Nixon and other presidents could retire with such wealth. Bill and Hillary Clinton come to mind, Bill served as Governor of Arkansas and then eight years as President and moved to New York state and bought a house worth millions of dollars. Clinton received $200,00 as an annual salary as President plus many benefits. Today Clinton receives almost $200,000 annually retirement from the government. Obama gets $400,000 plus a non-taxable expense account of about $50,000.

 Dwight Eisenhower was the first president to have received a pension from the government. A 1955 bill established the pension because of Harry S. Truman’s limited financial resources to fund a staff and expenses. Today the staff money is limited to four and half years, but a former president gets lifetime Secret Service protection.

During my lifetime many of the men that were president had wealth before they became president. Men like Franklin Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, Reagan, George H. W. and George W. Bush.

Do you know where the richest counties in the United States are? They are the ones around Washington D.C. That’s our tax dollars being spent.

The government is going to take all the money and give us a few crumbs and tell us how great it is. If you think the new Health Care law has anything to do with health care, I have a message for you. It’s about the money. In our society, what do we spend the most money on? I think it is health care. If the government can control that and the money that is spent on it, then they can control our lives. Give the money to the government and they will spend it on things that have nothing to do with health care. Look at the money taken from the Social Security fund.

Now here is a thought for you. That Obama administration wants to cut the armed forces of the United States by somewhere around 100,000 members and then hire thousands of more IRS agents so they can spy on you to check to make sure you buy health insurance.

With the armed forces at less than a half million, I have to wonder how well we will be protected. At the heights of the unpopular Vietnam War the United States had 543,000 troops in Vietnam. Something to think about!

Thanks for reading! — Carlton