Dropped Guards

Giving up the Secret Service

Richard Nixon will no doubt sleep more easily knowing that his new dog, Brownie, barks vociferously at the first sign of a stranger. After some 17 years of round-the-clock Secret Service protection, the former President has decided to drop his guards. According to a Nixon spokesman, the gesture was made to help trim the federal deficit. As soon as he hires a private agency to take care of his security needs, America's taxpayers will be relieved of paying an estimated $3 million a year for the three shifts of agents that guard him seven days a week.

Congress began providing protection...

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