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Obama To Return 5% Of His Salary, In Solidarity

From a swooning New York Times:

In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary

By PETER BAKER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR | April 3, 2013

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 automatic budget cuts known as the sequester, an administration official said Wednesday.

Is Obama going to get his 5% back if nobody goes on furlough? Or, if they some ever go on furlough, but eventually get all their back pay, will he be given this $20,000 back?

The voluntary move would be retroactive to March 1, the official said, and apply through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends in September. The White House came up with the 5 percent figure to approximate the level of spending cuts to nondefense federal agencies that took effect that day.

Notice that Obama identifies with the cuts that the "nondefense federal agencies" supposedly took. Of course, in reality they’re hit was closer to a 2% decrease in their usual budget increase.

In fact, if Obama had wanted to accurately reflect the sequester situation, he would have demanded a raise. Since all of these agencies will still receive more money in 2013 than they got in 2012.

“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,” the official said.

Mr. Obama is a millionaire several times over, thanks to the unions and other Democrat front groups buying his two autobiographies. A $20,000 cut from his $400,000 salary and his $500,000 in additional benefits is not much of a sacrifice.

Word of the president’s decision came a day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter disclosed that they would return a share of their salaries commensurate with the pay lost by the department’s civilian employees who are expected to be furloughed for 14 days before the end of the fiscal year…

The moves by the president and defense secretary may put pressure on other federal officials to follow suit. The White House would not say whether Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. would give back part of his $230,700 salary…

We are on tenterhooks.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, April 4th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama To Return 5% Of His Salary, In Solidarity”

  1. With one of the world’s biggest airplanes at his disposal, a personal staff of chefs (plural), 24/7 armed guards and a damn fine limousine for running out to get french fries and a burger … “giving back” 5% of his pay seems pretty chinchy.

    How about you “give back” everything. After all, according to Constitutional law regarding elections, you’re a criminal in possession of assets obtained by fraud.

  2. bousquem25

    How about he gives back 50% and pays for all vacations he and his family have been on. I’m sure 5% would cover a couple of days of their most recent vacation in secret service salaries, not coming close to touching all the other costs.

  3. Liberals Demise

    5 percent?
    How little of you.

    • Petronius

      Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) gives back over $500,000 of his office allowance each year.

      On his holidays he performs pro bono cataract surgeries.

  4. canary

    Obama learned by giving 5% of his income back, making 20,000 less will get him more taxes back next year.




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