How Much Does The President Make?

Eat the rich, a rallying cry made popular by many artists such as Aerosmith, is a phrase that expresses anti rich and wealth & income inequality in the country.
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One of these is not like the other, and I’ve got a problem with that.


Quick question: which high paying jobs and careers don’t require some form of higher education, but are quite well known? Let’s see:

Healthcare? No.

Law? Definitely not.

Education? Nope!

You know which job and subsequent lifetime pension is guaranteed after just 4 to perhaps 8 years of employment?

Red, White, and Evergreen

Elections here in the U.S. are a little over a month away.

It’s. Getting. Real. Out. Here!

But who honestly thought that it wouldn’t be when so much is at stake and up for grabs.

What exactly is up for grabs and at stake?

Besides running the world’s largest economy, being the clout behind a massive global hegemony, earning $400k annually, and controlling the globe’s most powerful military.

Did you catch that amount?

$400,000 big ones a year. Perhaps it’s understandable since the Office of the President is the highest office in the land and the requirement to even be elected in the first place is at least an undergraduate or graduate degree, right?

Well, it’s true the salary is that high, that the Office is the highest in the land, but you don’t need a college degree to be President of the United States of America.

You read that correctly.

You do NOT need a college degree to run the largest democracy, the biggest economy, and the most powerful nation in the world.

What the what!?

How can this be, you might ask yourself. I asked myself that question and set to investigate more.

As you pick your jaw up from the ground and lower those eyebrows a bit, we’ll look more into this.

Here’s what I found.


What are the Requirements to Be President of the U.S.A.?

According to usa.gov, an official site of the US government, the requirements to be a U.S. president are as follows:

Click to watch a short 2 minute Youtube video summarizing this information.

These requirements are mandated by the U.S. Constitution. It’s old. I get it. Things set forth in it take an act of bureaucracy to amend. However, I’m still troubled.

I’m troubled by the fact that Americans searching for jobs during recession (for the umpteenth time for us Millenials) are all but disqualified from jobs and career paths by either having (you’re over qualified) or not having (unqualified) a college degree. This leaves us to fight for jobs that we ought not have to with a degree and yes, experience. We often do this for meager and/or stagnant wages.

And let’s not talk about income disparity for women and black, latino, indigenous, and asian women.

Meanwhile, the highest Office in the Land, currently occupied by 45, has no such stipulations, yet is salaried at $400,000 a year according to title 3 of the U.S. Code § 102 – Compensation of the President.

Despite how well or awful a president does his job, he still receives a pension, which is some crap.

That means that once he retires after his one or two year terms(be serious, who’s going to hire a former president!), he’s entitled to at least $207,800 a year, which is the salary of a Cabinet Secretary in the White House.

Curious.

Similarly, Mark Meadows, who is the current White House Chief of Staff and a former North Carolina House of Representatives, holds just an Associates of Arts (A.A.) from a 4-year institution, the University of South Florida. I wasn’t aware many four year universities were in the practice of granting a two year college degree, but there you have it. More interestingly, perhaps, is Mr. Meadow’s salary of $183,000 per annum. Don’t believe me, read the Annual Report to Congress on White House Office Personnel published by the Executive Office of the President at the end of June 2020.

Fascinating stuff, people.

Final Thoughts

As I said before, I have a problem with this. I’m against presidential pensions for life when pensions have been all but phased out for us “regular” folks. I’m disconsolate that not only are we in such an economic bind because of the inequities of this current president (who, by the way, I’m not thrilled will receive a pension for life from so many Americans about whom he literally doesn’t care at all) who not only doesn’t deserve it, but negatively represented his God-given office a few days ago during a debate with his contender (Joe Biden, who was equally disgraceful) in what turned out to be a debate my fifth graders could have done a more professional and frankly adequate job of conducting. But I’m also enraged that the most high office, as well as some others in the White House, don’t even require a degree.

For what reason did millions of Americans enter college and leave stifled with debt? It’s as if all of these arbitrary job entrance requirements mandating a college degree you see really don’t mean a thing after all.

But hey, I’m preachin’ to the choir.

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