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#1 Apr 3, 2013
WASHINGTON — Sharing a bit of budget pain, President Barack Obama will return 5 percent of his salary each month to the Treasury in a show of solidarity with federal workers smarting from government-wide spending cuts.

Obama's decision grew out of a desire to share in the sacrifice that government employees are making, a White House official said Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of workers could be forced to take unpaid leave – known as furloughs – if Congress does not reach an agreement soon to undo the cuts.

The president is demonstrating that he will be paying a price, too, as the White House warns of dire economic consequences from the $85 billion in cuts that started to hit federal programs last month after Congress failed to stop them.

A 5 percent cut from the president's salary of $400,000 per year amounts to $1,667 per month.

The move will be retroactive to March 1 – the day the cuts started to kick in – and will remain in effect for the rest of fiscal 2013.

The notice followed a similar move a day earlier by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who committed to taking a salary cut equal to 14 days' pay – the same level of cut that other Defense Department civilians are being forced to take. As many as 700,000 civilians will have to take one unpaid day off each week for up to 14 weeks in the coming months.

Monday that 480 workers on the budget staff had been notified they may have to take days off without pay.

Like lawmakers' pay, Obama's salary is set by law, so he must accept the funds and then write a check to the Treasury for the portion he plans to relinquish.

The 5 percent that he will hand back mirrors the 5 percent cut that domestic agencies took when the reductions went into effect. The Pentagon's budget took an 8 percent hit. Every federal agency is grappling with spending cuts, which the White House has warned could affect everything from commercial airline flights to classrooms and meat inspections.
John Doe

Poplar Bluff, MO

#2 Apr 3, 2013
Catfish,

I'm sorry but this smacks of a stunt. If he were serious why isn't returning a significant amount such as 75% or eve 100%. He had made more than enough cash to support himself without his presidential salary.
Far Away

Anchorage, AK

#3 Apr 3, 2013
... after all, J.D., by Øbama's own standards and rhetoric, he still isn't paying his 'fair share' anyway.
John Doe

Poplar Bluff, MO

#4 Apr 3, 2013
Far Away wrote:
... after all, J.D., by Øbama's own standards and rhetoric, he still isn't paying his 'fair share' anyway.
He is giving upi $20,000 per year out of $400,000. How about if he gives us something significant, like 40%
Gene

Caruthersville, MO

#5 Apr 4, 2013
How much of your salary are you giving back to govt after taxes John Doe? If you want to help like you cry in here of what a patriot you are, then give some back. Its only money and according to you being a Tea Billy Republican, dont you have plenty of it? I mean cmon Pillsbury. All Republicans are wealthy. Thats why they only protect one another.

Far Away, your just a short dwarf lost cause.
guest

Steele, MO

#6 Apr 4, 2013
Oh my goodness look at Gene calling name. He never calls names. Gene doesn't pay taxes, he lives off of others taxes so yeah he wants more paid in because he thinks he deserves more.
Far Away

Anchorage, AK

#7 Apr 4, 2013
I'd love to meet you someday, Gene, to see if you have the nads to be so offensive to a man to his face as you do whacking on a keyboard.
John Do

United States

#9 Apr 4, 2013
I honestly think that if w all ignored Gene for a long enough period of time, he would go away
and with that said

Kabul, Afghanistan

#10 Apr 4, 2013
Ok, there are a few things that need to be addressed on what catfish posted.

First, the sequestration is not $85 billion that is being reported it is actually only $44 billion. And this $44 billion is not an acual cut. It is a reduction in the increase of spending for the year. And with that the reduction in spending is divided 50/50 between military and domestic spending.

Second, Obama has voluntarily decided he will give back 5% of his pay to show solidarity to the fedreal workers furloughed. What will this do for anybody? And what about the furoughed workers who will take a 100% cut in pay? Nice gesture to these guys oh omnipotent one. And why not take the 8% that the military took. Hey, I think his salary should be cut at least 50% considering we pay for his house, food, vacations, fund raisers, vacations....oh and did i mention vacations?

Third, as I have said before, the Congressional Budget Office has admitted that the federal government wates.....wastes....$125 billion a year. And the same group has said that if only the government would streamline some of these programs that duplicate and/or overlap it would save almost $500 billion a year.....that's almost half a trillion bucks. But has Obama, as head of the executive branch of the government, issued a mandate to convene a committee to seek out this waste? Nope. Heck, that would be against the the leftist ideology to cut anything.

And which airports will be effected by the sequestration? Will it be the ones that Obama uses when he flies off to God knows where? And will the classrooms that Obama's daughters use be effected by the sequestration?

To me the cuts are not enough. And I will even venture to say that there are several cuts to the massive federal leviathon and still save the precious social programs that you leftist adore.

But will they happen? Most likely not, especially with the king in office and a Senate that is lock step behind him, coupled with a feckless GOP leadership in the house. So off to the abyss we go. This whole sequestration thing is a joke.

Since: Oct 11

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#11 Apr 4, 2013
John Do wrote:
I honestly think that if w all ignored Gene for a long enough period of time, he would go away
I honestly think if we all ignore John Doe for a long time he will go away.

I honestly think you may be the biggest cry baby I have heard in a long time. For God sakes man put your big girl panties on and stop crying.

If you want to ignore him go ahead. Do you need followers to back you up. Be a MAN.

All this crying can't be because he calls people names. If that were true you would tell your buddy CW that he is one sorry SOB.

Unless of course you are a hypocrite and it ok for right wingers to call names.
Gene

Caruthersville, MO

#12 Apr 4, 2013
Far Away wrote:
I'd love to meet you someday, Gene, to see if you have the nads to be so offensive to a man to his face as you do whacking on a keyboard.
Trust me midget man, you'll need a step ladder to see me face to face. You and Pillsbury and Comrade do nothing but run your hate racist mouths in this forum and expect everyone to agree with you. You all despise and hate me not for the names I call you, but for the truth I tell about each of you.

Comrade, nice pool you have in your "front yard"? LOL
Pillsbury the constant liar, and Far Off, you still shop in the kids section for blue jeans.
Far Away

Anchorage, AK

#13 Apr 4, 2013
Gene wrote:
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Trust me midget man, you'll need a step ladder to see me face to face. You and Pillsbury and Comrade do nothing but run your hate racist mouths in this forum and expect everyone to agree with you. You all despise and hate me not for the names I call you, but for the truth I tell about each of you.
Comrade, nice pool you have in your "front yard"? LOL
Pillsbury the constant liar, and Far Off, you still shop in the kids section for blue jeans.
Never knew a Gene from the 'ville, so I'm guessing you're actually a Gina. I knew several of those, but I don't remember any of them being such childish fvcking idiots, so you must be a transplant.

I'll give you a heads up when I'll be back that way again, so be sure and look me up.
Far Away

Anchorage, AK

#14 Apr 4, 2013
... oh, and please bring a step ladder.
guest

Caruthersville, MO

#15 Apr 4, 2013
Gene wrote:
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Trust me midget man, you'll need a step ladder to see me face to face. You and Pillsbury and Comrade do nothing but run your hate racist mouths in this forum and expect everyone to agree with you. You all despise and hate me not for the names I call you, but for the truth I tell about each of you.
Comrade, nice pool you have in your "front yard"? LOL
Pillsbury the constant liar, and Far Off, you still shop in the kids section for blue jeans.
Shops for jeans in the kids section LMAO
guest

Caruthersville, MO

#16 Apr 4, 2013
Far Away wrote:
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Never knew a Gene from the 'ville, so I'm guessing you're actually a Gina. I knew several of those, but I don't remember any of them being such childish fvcking idiots, so you must be a transplant.
I'll give you a heads up when I'll be back that way again, so be sure and look me up.
Look you up? Dont you mean look you down? LMAO
Far Away

Anchorage, AK

#17 Apr 4, 2013
yeah, that's what I meant, Gene.
Gene

Caruthersville, MO

#19 Apr 4, 2013
Thats not me shortcake.
John Doe

Poplar Bluff, MO

#20 Apr 4, 2013
Far Away wrote:
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Never knew a Gene from the 'ville, so I'm guessing you're actually a Gina. I knew several of those, but I don't remember any of them being such childish fvcking idiots, so you must be a transplant.
I'll give you a heads up when I'll be back that way again, so be sure and look me up.
If that offer is ever taken up please do a few things:

1. tell us it happened.

2. please video it.

3. Please oh please post it on the web someplace.

4. Tell us where we can go find. That will be that would paying to see.
LMAO

Saint Louis, MO

#21 Apr 4, 2013
Hell if he would just cut his vacations by 5% it would save the taxpayers millions. What a bunch of fool the white house residents have become.
LMAO

Ballwin, MO

#22 Apr 4, 2013
guest wrote:
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Look you up? Dont you mean look you down? LMAO
Yeah you would have to look down. Gene will be on his knees and you will have to pry him off the Obama tool.

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