Th­ese peo­ple don’t need pen­sions

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Richard Co­hen’s June 2 op-ed col­umn, “Post­pres­i­dency for sale,” showed why pres­i­den­tial pen­sions should be abol­ished. Aside from the fact that no per­son de­serves a pen­sion for do­ing a job for only four or eight years, it is not needed. For­mer pres­i­dents have plenty of earn­ing power. Pay­ing $200,000 per year to a per­son who can make that much in one speech makes no sense.

There was a time when some for­mer pres­i­dents strug­gled fi­nan­cially, but in mod­ern times, with for­mer pres­i­dents get­ting enor­mous fees for their mem­oirs and speeches, that no longer hap­pens.

Lawrence Ink, Beltsville

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