Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bush vs Kufuor: Comparison of Retirement Packages

United States (Per Capita Income: $46,000): President Bush

  • US$191,000 for his pension;
  • Life time secret service protection for president & spouse
  • Official travel expenses with 2 members of staff
  • 0 cars
  • 0 houses
  • No end-of-service gratuity
  • Private funds for presidential library (tax exempt)
  • Presidential widows receive a lifetime pension of $20,000 per year.
source: http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/98-249.pdf

Ghana(Per Capita Income: $1,400): President Kufuor

  • Lump-sum (thought to be worth $400,000)
  • SIX fully maintained comprehensively insured, fuelled and chauffeured-driven cars to be replaced every four years. The fleet comprise of three salon cars, two cross country cars and one all-purpose vehicle.
  • TWO Fully furnished residences that befit a former president at place of his choice
  • 60 day overseas travel with 3 staff members each year
  • 18 months consolidated salary
  • Million-dollar seed money for the setting up a foundation,
  • Security - 24 hours security services
  • Budget for entertaining each year

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