PMs pays

December 30th, 2008 at 8:40 am by David Farrar

The Herald runs an AAP story on what different PMs are paid.

The Russian salary is so low, it is inevitable that they enrich themselves through the state unofficially.

The US salary is also set very low, for the job. In fact many US presidents will leave office with greater debts than when they entered, due to the cost of private legal advice. But ex-presidents traditionally can then make millions through lectures and books.

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8 Responses to “PMs pays”

  1. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    “In fact many US presidents will leave office with greater debts than when they entered,”

    Yeah…never a truer word said….look at the massive global financial catastrophe Bill Clinton started and has left the world with

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  2. billyborker (1,101 comments) says:

    You mean the one that Shrub had eight years to prevent, but sat on his hands, preferring to invade Iraq and Afghanistan than actually implement any credible economic policy?

    Yeah, that must be the one you mean.

    Eight wasted years from your pin up boy and all you can do is moan “cliiiintooooon”.

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  3. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    “Yeah, that must be the one you mean.” If you imply I mean Bush they why would you say Im moaning “cliiiintooooon”
    Are you a fucken fool?

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  4. reid (16,739 comments) says:

    Clinton did set it up billy, you need to get over the left|right political divide that some people still use to analyse politics and start analysing along the lines of who acts in the best interests of their nations and who doesn’t – it’s quite revealing. Hint: have a look at what happened to the debt from the dot-bomb bubble – where did Greenspan direct that?

    Back on thread, in one of his biographies Clinton mentioned that US Presidents are also presented with a bill for the private meals etc they have while they stay in the WH. I assume it’s not at market rates but still, seems a little ungrateful doesn’t it.

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  5. Chris G (106 comments) says:

    ahhm, Patrick. You were clearly moaning about Clinton, right? Billy went on to say that Bush never helped the situation. You asked if he were a “fucken fool” … interesting.

    How outrageous is that Singapore PM salary!

    [DPF: What is outrageous about it? Look at how well Singapore has prospered under their PMs?]

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  6. adamsmith1922 (724 comments) says:

    Why would you think the Singapore PM salary outrageous?

    Perhaps the fact that they pay their senior people very well might explain why they continue to prosper when so many do not

    We might do better if other countries took a similar approach.

    Paying the US President effectively peanuts encourages lobbying and potentially shady deals

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  7. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    Chris G

    Why dont you read what borker wrote. “Yeah, that must be the one you mean.” [Bush]

    Good to see he wont be lonely ….a coupla fools

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  8. NZTed (22 comments) says:

    9 years of Helen and the press never thought to mention this now seemingly salient and newsworthy story?

    “Key on list of world’s highest paid leaders” is a misleading headline and deliberately slants the article as anti-Key. A disappointing effort from granny Herald. Key barely rates a mention in the article, and when he does, it is mostly to point out that he gives much of his salary away.

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