Something About Kerry I didn't Think Of


November 1, 2004, 10:08 PM
Got this today from a neice in MN.I hadn't given this any thought but sure looks true.
Can't source.

Thought I would share some information that is helping me decide how I will
vote in November.....

Most of us haven't thought about this -- no matter how much we like or
dislike John Kerry. Even an estimate of this cost is staggering.

If elected, you and I (or those of us who actually pay taxes) will pay
upkeep and secret service protection for five Kerry mansions here in the
United States plus those he and his wife own abroad. It is good to be John
F. Kerry...the F stands for Forbes in case you ever wondered. He is one of
the richest senators in government and he married even richer. Their
properties certainly reflect their opulent lifestyle. When someone is
elected president, the Secret Service has to protect this person and family
as well as their property - for as long as the president and his spouse
Beacon Hill, Boston $6.9 million As mentioned, the Kerry's have five US
properties and several foreign properties. The cost to run one of these
homes for a year is more than upper middle income Americans could afford,
even if the rent was free, and all you had to pay was the water, gas &
electric bills (we won't mention ground keepers, maintenance, pool, cooks
and house keepers).

Fox Chapel, PA $3.7 million (this is their "shanty")

If Kerry becomes president each property requires staffed secret service
security 24 hours a day. Security improvements to each home will come at
tax payer expense. Even if the Kerry's never use all the properties - they
will be retrofitted -- just in case they drop by for a weekend. Facilities
for the secret service agents must also be provided on each property. Who
do you think will pay for this? We pay! This takes all the expense off
Kerry and puts it on us. Bill Clinton is paying for his New York manor
house by charging the government monthly rent for the required secret
service facility. The monthly rent is nearly three times more than his
mortgage payment. So we the tax payers are buying his house and he pockets
the extra money from the rent on the secret service facility. Then he gets
to write off the interest on his mortgage. Well, he was broke from
defending his immoral skullduggery and his wife's little scandals, so maybe
we should feel sorry for poor old Slick Willie.

Georgetown, Washington D.C. $4.7 million Ketchum, Idaho $4.92 million What
does it cost to staff one property in terms of secret service agents?
Let's just talk about his American properties. Each property would require
5 agents per 6 hour shift 4 times a day 365 days a year for the rest of
Kerry's life and however long his widow might live. In addition, we pay to
house and feed these agents at each property for the duration. Do the math.

Five properties requiring five agents per shift, times four shifts. That is
20 agents per day per property,
365 days per year. Lets say each agent receives a salary of about $60K
(this doesn't include insurance, retirement, etc.; add 30% of salary for
that). There will also be vehicles, repairs, gas, and other miscellaneous
costs. Straight salary and benefits for 100 agents for one year would cost
$7,800,000. We can only guess at the cost of retrofitting each property,
building the facility necessary to house the agents and the monthly rent for
each facility.

Nantucket, MA $9.18 million ~~~~~

On the other hand, George Bush owns one house - the one at his ranch in
Crawford, Texas.
Again, who pays? You and I pay. I don't mind one property; heck I wouldn't
even complain about two - but five in the U.S. and those abroad?

Perhaps Mr. and Mrs. Kerry should offer to foot the bill for all but two of
these properties if they want me to consider his candidacy. Does it make
sense to spend this kind of money on his excessive life style when he and
Mrs. Heinz-Kerry can better afford it??

Paying for the Kerry mansions is only a small part of my concern about this
man sitting in the White House. Tax and spend Kerry - that's his party
motto. I'd rather see the money we'd spend protecting his fancy properties
go toward health care, our military and homeland security. Which America
does he live in?? Not the same one I live in - that's for sure!

Please pass the mustard; do America a favor and pass this to your friends IF
you choose to do so.
Let's keep Bush a resident of the White House rather than spend millions and
millions to protect Kerry's preferred lifestyle and opulent properties.
We'd save an incredible amount of money for more deserving programs.

Oh, and viva Del Monte Ketchup!

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November 1, 2004, 10:28 PM

R.H. Lee
November 1, 2004, 10:39 PM
From the Snopes link: and lifetime protection for former Presidents and their spouses was eliminated by Congressional legislation in 1997. Interesting that they don't give a cite or a link for this assertion. :scrutiny:

November 2, 2004, 03:40 AM
Interesting that they don't give a cite or a link for this assertion.

Ummmm, actually they DID provide a link. Here is the link so that you can see for yourself :

Is the secret services own website an adequate source for you?

here is the relevant portion for people that don't want to click the link:

In 1997, Congressional legislation became effective limiting Secret Service protection to former Presidents for a period of not more than 10 years from the date the former President leaves office.

November 2, 2004, 07:34 AM
The cost of securing the Heinz-Kerry properties for the length of any Kerry administration plus ten years would still be a not insubstantial sum, more than any other President. Heck, when he was President, I don't think Clinton even owned a home.

November 2, 2004, 08:16 AM
Heck, when he was President, I don't think Clinton even owned a home. Oh come on. It may not be much to you, but that tin trailer in Arkansas is home to them.:D

R.H. Lee
November 2, 2004, 11:23 AM
Thanks, yeager. Trust but verify, 'ya know. :)

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