Gene Healy on Tax-Funded Presidential Libraries


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Last week, at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, President Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter put partisanship aside and descended on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas to say nice things about our 43rd president--they're all in the same racket, after all. At 226,560 square feet and a cost of $250 million, the Bush Presidential Center is the biggest and most expensive yet of the 13 tax-funded presidential libraries that one scholar has derisively called "America's Pyramids." Gene Healy says it's time for America's ex-presidents to start burnishing their reputations on their own dimes.