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John Doe

Poplar Bluff, MO

#23 Apr 5, 2013
Okay guys, let's try to pull this one out of the gutter and stop from where this thing is sliding.

What about the Bidens? 3 vacations since January? Now that's the job to have. "Work" for three weeks, take a week vacation and have the boss pay for it. Anyone else want a job like that?

BTW, those of you who like Biddenisms, there are rumors he will run in 2016. Strap on your seat belts
be real!!!

Newburgh, IN

#24 Apr 9, 2013
catfish59 wrote:
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.
Wow and yet they are in Hawaii? Who pays for that?
John Doe

Poplar Bluff, MO

#25 Apr 10, 2013
The taxpayers

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