This is an excerpt from this article:
Instead of stoking public demands for action, the chief magistrate was expected to resist “the transient impulses of the people” and use his veto to keep Congress within its constitutional bounds. That role didn’t require much speechifying. Early presidents rarely spoke directly to the public; from George Washington through Andrew Jackson, they averaged little more than three speeches per year, with those mostly confined to ceremonial addresses. In his first year in office, by comparison, President Clinton delivered 600.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
I am all for ex-presidents getting benefits once they leave office. But this article shows that it's out of control. Why wouldn't these benefits work similar to unemployment benefits for the average joe, if you need them and meet the correct qualifications you get it, if you don't need them you don't get them.
Read all about it. Get pissed off.