What about the 825 000€ they earn per year?
Hell, they don't even pay taxes...
Still electing a president is extremely expensive as well. I prefer the constant factor that a king/queen has.
This constant factor shows to other country leaders what the Dutch opinion is, and it doesn't change from left to right wing like with a president. The fact that they've no privacy, have to talk to many important persons businesses etc justifies their wage imo.
And it's only fair that they earn quite some money when you think about what they need to do.
The Queen is a billionaire, they're probably one of the richest families in the world, giving them a salary is a joke if you ask me.
And I'm pretty sure that when the country needs it, she'll spend her money ON the country.
The cost of a monarchy is not much more than a republic.
I mean, look at Germany or the USA. The president AND all living ex-presidents receive a wage. In the case of Germany this means that:
Richard von Weizsäcker
also receive money from the state, next to the current president Joachim Gauck. I know Horst Köhler receives €17,500 per month for being ex-president.http://www.rp-online.de/politik/deutsch ... -1.2294057
Trotz seines Rücktritts steht ihm - wie allen anderen ehemaligen Bundespräsidenten - ein monatliches "Ehrensold" von 17.500 Euro zu. Pro Jahr liegen die Präsidentenbezüge nach der Beamtenbesoldung derzeit bei 200.000 Euro. Auch eine Aufwandsentschädigung erhält er - 78.000 Euro jährlich für die Bezahlung von Hauspersonal.
So is it much cheaper to have a president?? I don't think so.. let alone all elections, security measures for all the presidents etc etc.
So 5 ex-presidents receive €200,000 per year. Lol.
JackFrost wrote:False. Pretty much all of her lands and possessions are under public trust. She can borrow them for official uses, but she cannot use them personally or sell them for profit. That's why they have to give her money to maintain the palaces and to carry out official functions because she doesn't really have that much to afford them herself.
Oh yeah, she pays income tax, mind you.
She meant the Dutch queen/king. The Dutch king or queen doesn't pay income taxes.. And tbh, why would you add another expensive layer of crap in the system? He gets paid from taxes, so why would you tax the taxes?? That's just another layer of management crap which only costs money.