Paying for National Pyramids

Congress may curb the perks of former U.S. Presidents

As President, Jimmy Carter was a devoted cheapskate. He sold the presidential yacht, curtailed White House magazine subscriptions, and took away the limousines and office television sets of aides. But now that he is back in private life, Carter seems to have acquired a taste for the finer things. He asked the Government to buy a $15,000 wool carpet and two chandeliers costing $3,500 for his federally funded office in Atlanta. Even the General Services Administration, not known for its thrift in dealing with ex-Chief...

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