Wealthier former Presidents have been promised a pension, the same as those who have fewer assets. It probably costs more to take care of their secret service requirements and other things we have always deemed appropriate than the pension. If a retired President is wealthy enough that he or she has no need for the pension, leave the decision to the former president to return the pension as some Senators and Members of Congress have. Give them the chance to show that they are charitable. But they served the same office as the others and should be treated the same as the others. The same is true for paying Social Security Benefits and Medicare for wealthier Americans. They paid into the system. If they don't need it and and WANT to refuse it, they certainly have that choice to lead by example. But they should not be penalized by being wealthier than others. If the Social Security and Medicare systems need adjusting to remain viable, make the necessary changes and phase them in. I think the preferred way to adjust them to make them viable is to raise the amount of one's salary that is subject to FICA or self-employment taxes. And if that is the best and least onerous way for the people as a whole, the ones paying more into the system should be paid more from the system, not less.