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Burning question of the day: Why are we paying for Bill Clinton’s Skinemax subscription?

posted at 10:15 pm on January 16, 2013 by

Just how much do we owe our former Presidents?  Probably not a subscription to the DirecTV Premium package, according to Rep. Jason Chaffetz:

During a Tuesday afternoon interview with The Daily Caller in his Capitol Hill office, the Republican lawmaker criticized a system — in effect since the 1950s — that allows wealthy former White House occupants to accept post-presidency monetary perks, courtesy of taxpayers.

While he said both Democrats and Republicans deserve blame, Chaffetz specifically criticized former President Bill Clinton, who TheDC reported Tuesday is using taxpayer funds to pay for extras including a DirecTV package of premium movie channels including Cinemax, HBO and Showtime. (RELATED: Taxpayers pay for Bill Clinton’s Cinemax, Jimmy Carter’s Dish Network)

“Do you really need Showtime in your office?” Chaffetz asked. “I mean, no government employee would be able to get away with that.”

“There’s no incentive for them to be frugal and it’s obvious none of them are,” Chaffetz said, picking up a stack of papers detailing the expenses. “If I went through this, you can kind of pick on each president here.”

This system probably made sense in the 1950s, and perhaps all the way to the 1980s.  Nowadays, though, Presidents get big speaking fees after they leave office, make millions in book deals, and really don’t need taxpayers to foot the bill for their Cinemax: After Dark. That’s especially true of Father of the Year Bill Clinton, too.

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It appears to keep the sexual harassing in his office to a minimum. So if it saves just one intern it’s worth it.

Flange on January 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

That’s especially true of Father of the Year Bill Clinton, too

…his own daughter aside…BJ thinks he is the father figure to every girl under the age of 40…and then…incest is best!

KOOLAID2 on January 16, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Because if he’s glued to Skinemax he’s not banging your daughter.

Chuck Schick on January 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Billy Jeff Clinton: Fappin’ To The Oldies

Stu Gotts on January 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

So if it saves just one intern it’s worth it.

Flange on January 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Well, that is the conventional wisdom on gun control … ;-)

Ed Morrissey on January 17, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Ed Morrissey on January 17, 2013 at 7:42 AM

No… The conventional wisdom on gun control is to pass something, anything, in order to look like you are doing something.

Flange and Chuck Schick suggests that this is an actual solution to a real problem: If you distract Bill Clinton, he can’t get into any actual trouble with your daughter who just happens to be his intern. Whether they are right or not is the real debate.

BigGator5 on January 17, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Burning question of the day: Why are we paying for Bill Clinton’s Skinemax subscription?

“Burning” and “Bill Clinton” in the same sentence with no reference to venereal disease? That’s just wrong.

steebo77 on January 17, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Dont presidents get their salary for life, free postage, a 1m+ life insurance policy, secret service (Clinton, Carter, Bush Sr. had it for life, as do those that come after them now), transportation both ground and air?

They cant pay for their damn utilities out of their life time salary on top of their speaking fees, book deals and stock dividends?

UnF&^%*&^ believable!

Meanwhile we have service men having to medical out of the military because of devastating injuries suffered while keeping us safe and they cannot even get disability pay expedited in under 24 months! Not to mention they should be getting special benefits to offset living expenses, that result from those injuries.

We need to fire every person in congress, the executive branch, and all these BS agencies (EPA,IRS,GSA et all) today and take the bull by the horns!

Tilly on January 17, 2013 at 8:54 AM

“Burning” and “Bill Clinton” in the same sentence with no reference to venereal disease? That’s just wrong.

steebo77 on January 17, 2013 at 8:39 AM

The mental image involving him, a wooden stake, and bundles of twigs doesn’t work for you? ;-}

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 9:04 AM

When he left office in 1952, Truman was broke. Same with Churchill in 1945. I mean, broke! Now, ex-Presidents can write their own ticket. They live like kings.

Paul-Cincy on January 17, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Just wait for the current occupant of the Whitehouse submits his expense requests for life.

Golf club memberships and wagyu beef will likely be on the list.

tru2tx on January 17, 2013 at 9:18 AM

This system probably made sense in the 1950s, and perhaps all the way to the 1980s. Nowadays, though, Presidents get big speaking fees after they leave office, make millions in book deals, and really don’t need taxpayers to foot the bill for their Cinemax: After Dark.

Which, if true, says something about the calibre of the men holding the presidency.

aryeung on January 17, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Ed Morrissey on January 17, 2013 at 7:42 AM
BigGator5 on January 17, 2013 at 8:37 AM

The “If it saves just one then it’s worth it” jive is the conventional justification.
The “pass anything so we can say we did something” shuffle is the conventional solution. There is no wisdom with these folk.

Flange on January 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

We owe Mr Clinton so much . . .

Don’t know what or why.
We just owe him.

TimBuk3 on January 17, 2013 at 9:48 AM

…his own daughter aside…BJ thinks he is the father figure to every girl under the age of 40…and then…incest is best!

KOOLAID2 on January 16, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Hmmm, not sure even Bill Clinton would want to touch THAT!

NavyMustang on January 17, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Just wait until we start seeing the bills coming out of Moochelle in 4 years.

gregbert on January 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM

When he left office in 1952, Truman was broke. Same with Churchill in 1945.

So was the U.S., but we managed to pay off most of that debt, for awhile.

I think the law should be removed. Carter has made millions. At this point in the country’s history, we shouldn’t be electing someone who hasn’t planned for their own retirement or can’t get a million dollar speaking gig after leaving office.

LoganSix on January 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Flange on January 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Indeed. I tip my hat to you, good sir.

BigGator5 on January 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM

When Clinton defended his Cinemax, he was surrounded by children. If you take away his Cinemax, you’re hurting the children!

Nethicus on January 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Why not. We’ve been paying for Bubba’s happy endings since he was first elected…..

dentarthurdent on January 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I’ll be happy to pay for his HotAir access.

Limerick on January 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I’ll be happy to pay for his HotAir access.

Limerick on January 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I think he’s already here as either libtardfree, bayam, uppereastside, or verbalunatic.

dentarthurdent on January 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM