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Sacrifice for Me, but Not for Thee: Taxpayers Foot Bill for Carter’s Landscapers February 12, 2011

Posted by seeineye in : Politics , trackback

By Barry Carr

We are all supposed to sacrifice, right?  Well, not all of us:

The tennis court at former President Jimmy Carter‘s private home is swept twice a day, his pool is cleaned daily and his grass cut, his flower beds weeded and his windows washed on a regular basis — all at taxpayers’ expense.

Under an arrangement with the National Park Service, taxpayers are responsible for the exterior of Mr. Carter‘s home in Plains, Ga. — to the tune of $67,841 last year alone. In exchange, the government obtains the right to add the home to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site when he and his wife pass away.

Other presidents have had similar life estate agreements calling for their properties to be turned over after their deaths, but to have taxpayers footing the bill for upkeep and maintenance of the Carters’ property appears to be unique, and it’s drawing fire at a time of tight federal budgets.

Who knew the character Archie Bunker had it so right.

Where is the outrage at this waste of federal money?  Oh, wait Carter is a Democrat and he is not related to Sarah Palin…the rules are different.  My bad


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