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    Yes - because you never know when a responsible gun owner is gonna go over the edge and go all 2nd amendment on someone they disagree with.
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    Puhleeze. They aren't in office any longer and they can all afford their own private security if they want it. Obama is just taking on the entitlement mentality of the sheep who reelected him.
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  • #28
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    You're kidding right? Millions unemployed and getting government assistance. These folks can provide their own security post 10 years after their presidency. STOP wasting taxpayers money!!
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    I've seen that comment from many people. But nope, Secret Service protection was for 10 years. This is a smart move on Obama's part. He and Bush will need the protection for a very long time.
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    I believe that NO politician... Republican or the other kind ;) should be allowed to enact any sort of benefit upon himself.

    They shouldn't be able to give themselves raises or perks. It seems unethical.

    Now were a current President to choose to grant lifetime protection to his predecessor as his first order of business, the same result is obtained with the addition of a show of respect for someone who held the job.... The hope would be that it becomes a tradition..... Civility.... Naahhhh stupid idea.
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    I couldn't agree with you more. It's easy to spend other peoples money without any accountability for it whatsoever.
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    Obama can have lifetime protection but it has to be from commercially available security guards armed with Mace and Tasers. Interesting how the government arms and barricades itself to the hilt and "We, the People" are left to our own devices.
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    In our lifetime every single former president has become wealthy (or more wealthy) from their being president. 10 years in long enough. Nobody cares beyond that. The lunatics are already focused on new targets. This is just another example of Obama thinking he's royalty and buddy he's starting to look like it right along with reagan.
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    Has there ever been an attack (of any sort) on an ex-president....before or after the 10 year time limit? There's none that I can remember but thought somebody might know.
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    Jesse normally you are on the mark with your comments but this time you are way way off. This was a bill sponsored by a Republican Rep. and passed by both the GOP House and dem Senate. How is this "another example of Obama thinking he's royalty..?"
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    @mtkopf Let me point out a couple of things to you. I am not one of you liberals. I am a moderate. We have differences. I generally come down on your side due to my absolute disgust and revulsion with the Christian Taliban right. But we are not allies. I detest Obama. He is arrogant without balls. He spends more on vacations in a year than I do in a lifetime while lamenting the loss of jobs. He could take a couple less 20 million dollar vacations and hire a few people. He talks about health care as though Obamacare actually fixed anything. He had the votes the first year to ram through Socialized medicine but did what he always does. Waffled. He's bought and paid for by Wall Street just like any GOP and it's clear to see. He talks and talks and talks and talks and talks and does NOTHING. there is no excuse for the expense of secret service protection 10 years after leaving office. Any president concerned about lowering our deficit would veto these kind of bills. He doesn't veto any spending. None at all. The man is a bad president. He just happened to be less evil than the far right of today. But that doesn't change what he is. Bought and paid for by Wall Street.
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    Sure, lifetime protection by men with guns for them... and take away our ability to protect ourselves. Only important people with money should have the protection of guns... regular people are meat for the grinder. Hail Obama!! Hail Bush!!! They both have done soooooo much good for our country... they NEED lifetime protection.
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    If the legal American gun owners have to live unarmed in the future, the x-presidents should have to live the same way.
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    If memory is still good I believe the constitution has a artical about congress shal make no laws exempting them from what the citizens must follow & visa versa.
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    The bill should be amended to remove secret service protection from bush, and to run television ads with his home address mentioning the fact he has no secret service protection on a regular basis...seriously, lifetime protection, if they piss someone off enough to hold a grudge that long maybe they got it coming!
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  • #47
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    Can you name even one president who never received death threats? That said, they're all rich enough to afford their own protection, IMO.
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    @Denizen_Kate yea, but for life? Nixon was pretty unpopular, and he lived in a dempcratic city (ny) he didn't even need it, this is a lot of tax payer money. How about ten years or something reasonable?
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    @PoliticalSpice - You don't usually suffer from lack of reading comprehension skills. I will repeat: they are all rich enough to pay for their own protection.
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    I can imagine some Al Qaeda wannabe trying to take out GWB or BHO in retaliation for the bin Laden raid. Sure, protect those folks.
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    Of course you would....these people are scum and undeserving of any protection. If they want protection, they can use their own money to get it instead of my tax dollars. F these people....straight up.
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    @RobertJHarsh We agree absolutely on this one. they can afford their own protection after 10 years on the Pork Barrel circuit.
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    @RobertJHarsh Does it really matter if the Secret Service is paid for directly by the Treasury Department or taken out of the Presidential pension?
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    How many millions more will this put on the budget of the taxpayer? Going off of how much Newt Gingrich's services cost, that's 16 Million per year. So if Obama lives another 25 years that would equal about 400 Million. I'm guessing Obama's security costs more than Gingrich, maybe 2-3 times more? Over 1 Billion for one man's security? Why are we going to pay for this?
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    They were elected to the highest office in this nation. Whether you agree or not with their policies or politics. I for one would not like to see any former president harmed or worse due to his service. We should protect them for life if solely to honor the office of the President.
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