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Obama to Give 5% of Salary Back
The Weekly Standard ^ | 3 Apr 13 | DANIEL HALPER

Posted on 04/03/2013 4:18:01 PM PDT by SkyPilot

The New York Times reports:

President Obama plans to return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in solidarity with federal workers who are going to be furloughed as part of the budget cutting process known as sequester, an administration official said Wednesday.

The voluntary move would be retroactive to March 1 and apply through the rest of the calendar year, the official said. The White House came up with the 5 percent figure to approximate the level of automatic spending cuts to non-defense federal agencies that took effect that day.

Politico adds:

"The salary for the president, as with members of Congress, is set by law and cannot be changed," the official said. "However, the president has decided that to share in the sacrifice being made by public servants across the federal government that are affected by the sequester, he will contribute a portion of his salary back to the Treasury."

(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 0nly20thousand; 7millionhivacation; furlough; obama; obamaprstunt; obamasalary; salary; sequester; sequestration

Interesting development.

Let me be the first to diffuse the obvious quips to be posted: "He should give back the other 95%!"

Yeah, yeah.

Let's examine this more rationally.

A lot of military employees, air traffic controllers, and other Federal employees who actually perform useful functions will lose about 15% of their pay very soon.

I wonder why Obama only chose to take a 5% cut?

The rationale given is also totally strange:

"The White House came up with the 5 percent figure to approximate the level of automatic spending cuts to non-defense federal agencies that took effect that day."

Defense spending is taking a 9% cut, which translates to a 13% cut because it has to enacted by September 30th - and that is just the first of 10 years of cuts. Why didn't Barry take a higher cut, or at least mirror the Defense cuts that he had a huge hand in enacting?

Moreover, where are our Republican masters on this? Boehner became the Sequestration King. He did a complete 180 - and so did Ryan, Cantor, and the rest. They agreed the Defense cuts were going to rape our military last fall, and then suddenly, they were all for them. Flip flopping political cowards. They sacrificed the military on the altar of politics. Only Sen Graham and a few others have actually said they will take a pay cut. I can tell you that I know a GS-05 (who makes very little) single mom who does admiral work for the Dod, and sh has a kid with severe medical issues - she is going to get screwed by the Sequester. No one really cares. If you bring it up here, you get either "My hard luck story is worse!" or "Burn all of them down! I hate the Federal Government, even the military!"

The barking moonbat crowd.

I wonder if Barry's gesture will put pressure on members of Congress? Pelosi said in February that it would be an "insult" to members of Congress to have their pay cut.

I guess the FBI agents or Navy welders should be honored by the pay cuts, while 1 in 5 Americans are either on Social Security Disability or Food Stamps?

1 posted on 04/03/2013 4:18:01 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Like this POS needs an of it.


2 posted on 04/03/2013 4:19:48 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: SkyPilot

How about 5% fewer gulf games or vacations, then we could save some real money.


3 posted on 04/03/2013 4:24:29 PM PDT by Kent1957
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To: laweeks

What a sport.

Just another glaring illustration of how “compassionate” that side is.

F**king moron.


4 posted on 04/03/2013 4:24:50 PM PDT by qaz123
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To: SkyPilot

Over $1B has been spent on elections to keep this guy in office. You would think he could do more.


5 posted on 04/03/2013 4:24:54 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: SkyPilot

That put him in another tax bracket - sneaky

(single rate)
$398,350 to $400,000: 35%
$400,000+: 39.6%


6 posted on 04/03/2013 4:26:44 PM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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To: SkyPilot

With all of the money this POS has stolen for vacations,etc.He owes us a hell of a lot more than 5 Percent.

I really feel sorry these Marines have to salute that POS every time he enters or exits that Helo. Same go’s for the Air Force Security Police guarding Air Force One.


7 posted on 04/03/2013 4:28:11 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: SkyPilot

I’d settle for him paying for his own damn vacations.


8 posted on 04/03/2013 4:29:49 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: SkyPilot

He will apply it to any taxes he owes.

What about the senior staffers who went with Moose to africa?


9 posted on 04/03/2013 4:30:09 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: libertarian27

This won’t change his base pay as that is set by law. It however may change in someway what he claims on deductions/gifts/charity, etc. Just my reading and maybe entirely wrong.


10 posted on 04/03/2013 4:32:47 PM PDT by deport
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To: mountainlion
When he leaves the White House (if he leaves), he will be "given" a multimillion dollar mansion in Hawaii by anonymous "supporters." Try getting away with that if you are Joe Blow.

The Clintons are the modern example of using the Presidency as a giant, exploding ATM machine.

BJ Clinton made about $35K a year a Governor of Arkansas.

When he left the White House, they were given millions by Democrats, and he made about $50 million (at least) giving speeches.

The payoff for the She-Male Moochelle and Bath House Barry will be gargantuan.

11 posted on 04/03/2013 4:34:44 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: laweeks

His thin skin is showing!


12 posted on 04/03/2013 4:38:51 PM PDT by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed!)
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To: depressed in 06
What about the senior staffers

They are political appointees, and thus (per Congress) exempt from the furloughs.

Congress played loose and fancy with their own salaries. They exempted their own salaries, but they "blame" it on the 27th Amendment. The problem is that the current Congress that signed off on Sequestration and solidified it with the recently passed current Continuing Resolution exempted themselves anyway and then they argued that their salaries were not part of the original agreement anyway because they put their own pay in a trust.

Pretty clever.

Come 2014, this could become a huge issue for individual races and seats.

I would love to see Congress hoisted by its own petard on this.

13 posted on 04/03/2013 4:39:47 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Civil employees making 10% of his salary are losing about 15-20% and yet this POS is willing to “give back” 5%?

Barry can you spare a dime?
Michelle needs a new pair of shoes?


14 posted on 04/03/2013 4:41:35 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: All
The O' kids were flying aroound to the Bahamas and Sun Valley.....while US kids were shut out of the WH supposedly due to sequestration Secret Service cutbacks. The O's galivanting teen daughter was spotted in NYC last week---with girlfriends---dining at the pricey Buddakan, scoffing up rock shrimp, edamame dumplings, short ribs, lobster fried rice........replete w/ five Secret Service guards dining nearby, while students her age were denied access to the people's house.

Buddakan.

15 posted on 04/03/2013 4:42:55 PM PDT by Liz
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LEARNING TOUR? M/M O pictured w/ Ivory Coast official 2009.

Malibu home of Ivory Coast dictator's son.

The oil-rich Ivory Coast has one of the worst human rights records in Africa whose rulers are accused of funneling millions of public monies into their own pockets. But now it looks like the son of the dictator----Teodoro---whose world—comprised yachts, Bugattis, and Michael Jackson memorabilia—could come crashing down, according to Foreign Policy (via Curbed).

Foreign Policy's Ken Silverstein reported that after a four-year investigation into alleged extortion and laundering of $100 million in the US and "theft of public funds, or other corrupt conduct" back at home, the Justice Department has filed notice of a lawsuit involving the possible seizure of Tedoro's California mansion, and other assets.

And French investigators just seized millions of dollars' worth of his sports cars, while the Spanish government is investigating the entire Obiang clan. Teodoro reportedly hasn't spent much time stateside recently, in part thanks to various legal actions against him.

Just a peek inside the insane world of Teodoro---he first came to the U.S. to attend Pepperdine University in Malibu. While tuition cost just $3,400, he managed to blow through $50,000 in the first five months before dropping out. Source: Business insier--LA Weekly.

Teodoro is listed as the owner of this $35 million mansion on the Malibu coast, which he paid for in cash. It was the most expensive home sold in California in 2006, and has a tennis court, swimming pool and 4-hole golf course.

Teodoro's on the government payroll as "minister of agriculture and forestry," and supposedly makes just $5,000 per month. But his Malibu home contains $60,000 worth of rugs, a $58,000 home theater and a $1,734 pair of wine glasses.

16 posted on 04/03/2013 4:43:54 PM PDT by Liz
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To: deport
This won’t change his base pay as that is set by law. It however may change in someway what he claims on deductions/gifts/charity, etc. Just my reading and maybe entirely wrong.

No, you are correct.

This is a very interesting game - salaries of the DC crowd.

This guy is actually one of the few heroes in all of this.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

He testified before the House and Senate Armed Services Committees - telling them the truth of what Sequestration would do to the DoD's Operations and Maintenance accounts (brutal).

He then offered to take a 20% pay cut (matching the worst of the projected furlough to hit 750,000 DoD employees).

It was embarrassing to see the members of the Armed Services Committees squirm.

Ashton Carter: Superhero of the Sequester

Speaker Boehner, however, has so far not offered any of his salary (which as Speaker is considerably higher than most members of Congress).

It might cut into his bar bill tab.

Pretty arrogant for the King of the Sequester, especially since thousands of employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (in his district) will see a 15% pay cut.

17 posted on 04/03/2013 4:46:31 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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RICH-HATERS IN THE WH The Ohaha's say they hate the rich---but the O's know how to spend. The family blew $1.4B on travel and entertainment for themselves and their numerous personal staffs last year: that's 2000 times more than what the entire British Royal Family cost the UK ($57.8M)----$27 million bucks a week is only the tip of the iceberg:

White House sources claim Michelle (with a staff of 24) went through $10M of taxpayer money last year on just her own private trips and shopping sprees, with one calling the First Lady's self-indulgent spending orgy -including extravagant massages, top-shelf booze, and five-star hotels 'disgusting'.

NRO tallied what taxpayers are paying for the Ohaha's living in the White House: $1.4 billion per year: Air Force One ($181,757 per hour), executive chef ($100,000 per year), three full-time White House calligraphers ($ 277,050 per year for the trio), chief of staff to the president’s dog ($102,000 per year), Ohaha's royal motorcade ($2.2 million).

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$1.4 BILLION is the current annual cost of the White House — just in household expenses, not including US policy operations for which the WH exists--administered by some 900 parasites---policy staff recruited by Ohaha.

Annually, Ohaha vacations cost $20 million (the low estimate for Ohaha's Hawaii vacay was $4 million, but the true cost is probably five times that); the first family’s yearly health-care costs are $7 million; more than $6 million is spent on the White House grounds each year. Transportation costs were a staggering $346 million last year.-

TAXPAYERS DEMAND A FULL ACCOUNTING OF SECRET SERVICE ASSIGNMENTS BEFORE AND AFTER SEQUESTRATION

18 posted on 04/03/2013 4:47:13 PM PDT by Liz
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To: silverleaf; ducttape45
Civil employees making 10% of his salary are losing about 15-20% and yet this POS is willing to “give back” 5%?

Yes, that is about it.

19 posted on 04/03/2013 4:47:18 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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Rich-hater Michelle Ohaha appears on the cover of Vogue and opens up about what she says is her biggest priority -- maintaining a happy and tight-knit family. "Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole."

I'm surprised Mrs O did not wear for the Vogue cover, the pricey diamnod bangles she sported at a DNC fund-raiser last Sept attended by "tolerant and compassionate" Dems....raised big bucks to keep Mr O in office so he could work for "the poor."

Musta wowed all the "tolerant and compassionate" Dems who hate the rich and support endless tax-paid programs "for the poor."

Her diamond Gothic cuff was priced at $15,350 set with 2.17 carats in diamonds and the Quatrefoil bracelet at $11,800 set with 1.73 carats in diamonds. (Excerpt) Read more at houston.culturemap.com

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Family togetherness--- that's a laugh. They took separate vacays few weeks ago. Been estimated he's spent some 800 hours golfing. All those shots of him on the greens never show the kiddies and wifey in tow. That's togetherness?


20 posted on 04/03/2013 4:54:14 PM PDT by Liz
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To: SkyPilot

So let me get this correct, obama is going to return 5% of his salary and....
tax payer paid unlimited entertainment budget
tax payer paid unlimited travel/vacations
tax payer paid the best health care in the know universe
tax payer paid room and board
tax payer paid transportation
Well well well how magnanimous.


21 posted on 04/03/2013 5:00:00 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: SkyPilot

Its is better than nothing. No, it is nearly nothing.
We foot the bill as his kids go on 2 Spring vacation trips.
Symbolism over substance.


22 posted on 04/03/2013 5:02:17 PM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: Liz

Dejew Disrespect Me?!

23 posted on 04/03/2013 5:02:23 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SMGFan
Symbolism over substance.

Agreed.

In full disclosure, I felt the same way when morons were offering to "pay" for White House tours.

Symbolism over substance.

For the low paid GS worker, the political theater does not pay their kids medical insurance, car payment, or the rent.

Ask Sean Hannity or Donald Trump about those people affected by the Sequester, and they want to change the subject - fast.

24 posted on 04/03/2013 5:05:49 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: laweeks

HEY MORON, PARK THE JET...AS STARTERS!!!!!


25 posted on 04/03/2013 5:06:03 PM PDT by fedupjohn (America...Designed by Geniuses...Now inhabited by Idiots..Palin 2016...)
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To: SkyPilot
Liz,

Check this out:

Barack Obama Will Return $16666.67 in Salary Due to Sequestration

Time changed its headline to now read: "Barack Obama Will Return Five Percent of Salary Due to Sequestration"

I like the 666 headline better.

26 posted on 04/03/2013 5:15:50 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

I want to see his “job benefits” taxed as income. This extends to his spouse and her ‘free’ vacations.


27 posted on 04/03/2013 5:35:49 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Liz
No more $600 Sneakers for M! Buy only $399 ones.
28 posted on 04/03/2013 5:41:25 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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To: SkyPilot; a fool in paradise

Great! More Obamafoams fo da peeple!


29 posted on 04/03/2013 5:43:52 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: SkyPilot

Wooo a big $20,000 cut. Hope he can get by okay...


30 posted on 04/03/2013 5:48:44 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot ("If this be treason, make the most of it." - Patrick Henry, 30 May 1765)
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To: Revolting cat!

Lol!


31 posted on 04/03/2013 5:53:47 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

That man is a saint.
No one suffers over this more than he does

Is it time to go golfing in CA again ? :)


32 posted on 04/03/2013 7:57:40 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: sickoflibs

These uber-grifter nobamas are beyond disgusting. Shouldn’t they be in prison?


33 posted on 04/03/2013 8:06:17 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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RE :”These uber-grifter nobamas are beyond disgusting. Shouldn’t they be in prison?”

I know what you mean
We have to take away their guns first and turn their kids against the Bible and to perversion instead and then it will be easy, assuming they don't use their guns to end it all when we (pro-bamas) take everything from them they believe in.

34 posted on 04/03/2013 8:12:10 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: libertarian27

I would not put it past this joke of a president.


35 posted on 04/03/2013 8:27:51 PM PDT by FatherFig1o155 (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.)
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To: SkyPilot

Big FREKIN’ damn deal. At least 30% of mine is taken under protest just like everyone else’s.

If it were not for that he wouldn’t have any salary.

How about he gives back 47% and let the fools that voted for him pay the rest?


36 posted on 04/03/2013 9:33:48 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101
Big FREKIN’ damn deal. At least 30% of mine is taken under protest just like everyone else’s.

Yup. Join the club.

The 47% figure reminds me that almost half of our nation does not pay Federal taxes - and in fact, they receieve a welfare check called the Earned Income Tax Credit.

These people are getting a check up to $6 grand for occupying the planet.

When I googled Earned Income Tax Credit, this picture came up!


37 posted on 04/04/2013 3:19:42 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
Heh----666---that about decribes the creep.

The Lib/progs dismiss as as the use "right-wing"---a handy paintbrush with which liberals tar conservatves. They cunningly label the rest of us "right-wing" b/c in liberal-land, "right-wing" is code for "horrid" things like "judgementalism," "moral certitude," and, "religious piety."

The snide Lib/progs dismiss us as lacking the left's "enlightened values" — reason, tolerance, diversity, equality.

Quoting the left's intellectual mentor, author, Saul Alinsky: "They do not have a fixed truth -- truth to them is relative and changing..... they are free from the shackles of dogma." (from Rules for Radicals dedicated to Satan).

38 posted on 04/04/2013 4:54:40 AM PDT by Liz
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To: SkyPilot; silverleaf

Ia anyone really surprised at his arrogance and hypocrisy?


39 posted on 04/04/2013 7:26:43 PM PDT by ducttape45
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