Libertarians: 'Clinton Shouldn't Be Tax Subsidized Scoundrel'
July 7, 2008 - 7:27 PM
(CNSNews.com) - The Libertarian Party has weighed in on the latest controversies surrounding former President Bill Clinton, and they think the solution is hitting Clinton where it hurts: in the pockets.
"The best way for Americans to show their disapproval of Bill Clinton's questionable actions is by stripping him of his lavish presidential pension, which could total over $7.3 million during his lifetime," said Libertarian Party national director Steve Dasbach in Washington Tuesday.
"Pretty much everyone now agrees that Bill Clinton is a liar and a scoundrel. So why in the world should we allow him to spend the rest of his life as a wealthy, tax-subsidized liar and scoundrel? "
Even though several congressional investigations have begun to examine "Pardongate", Dasbach thinks such investigations will almost certainly fail to turn up any "smoking checkbook" that will allow Clinton to be prosecuted for illegally selling pardons.
Dasbach called on Congress to make sure that Clinton does not collect his pension so he "can't spend the rest of his life raking in additional pension loot from the taxpayers.
"Bill Clinton may have been a bad president, but he's an excellent crook. The fact is, presidents have wide latitude to pardon, and Clinton undoubtedly made sure there's no financial DNA evidence to convict him. The worst he will probably be accused of is influence peddling, which may be unethical but not illegal," Dasbach said.
Clinton's annual pension starts at $161,200 and the National Taxpayers Union recently compiled that if Clinton lives to be 82 years he would receive around $7.3 million in pension benefits.
Even if Clinton didn't receive his federal government pension, he could still survive, according to Dasbach.
"If the Clinton family needs money, they can make it the way they always have: Dubious book deals, futures trading, donations from Buddhist monks, pawning purloined White House furniture and cash from communist Chinese friends. Or perhaps Mr. Clinton can simply move overseas and live with his friend [actor] Alec Baldwin."
Meanwhile, a new poll out Tuesday shows most New York voters don't believe Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is telling the truth about her knowledge of her brother's involvement in the pardon scandal.
According to the New York Post/Zogby International polls, 55 percent of those statewide voters polled believe Sen. Clinton was lying when she said she knew nothing about Hugh Rodham being paid $400,000 for securing a pardon and sentence commutation for two convicted felons. The poll shows 59 percent of Democrats surveyed believe Clinton's story, while 76 percent of Republicans polled do not.
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that while he was still president, Bill Clinton phoned the head of CBS in an effort to help two old friends win their million-dollar billing dispute with the network.
The newspaper, citing sources in the entertainment industry, said Clinton made the call a few months before leaving office on behalf of his two good friends, Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. The Thomasons and their production company said CBS owed them money for a comedy series that never aired.
After Clinton called CBS's chief executive Leslie Moonves, the network paid the couple's company around $1 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Last week, Harry Thomason admitted he had asked Clinton to pardon two convicted tax cheats, and Clinton ended up granting both pardon requests.