Obama Grants Pay Increase For Members Of Congress, Federal Workers In Executive Order

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Tsing Tao, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    Well, at least that's out of the way.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-...pay-increase-members-congress-federal-workers

    When it comes to US austerity, a very sensitive topic as framed best by the "spending cuts" portion in the Fiscal Cliff debate, the ideas range from the surreal to the outright idiotic: as an example in the most recent Obama proposal spending would be "reduced" in the form of $290 billion in interest savings - not an actual spending reduction, but a hope and a prayer that because rates are lower, the government will "save" money with rates continuing to be lower (something which immediately causes a #Ref! explosion for anyone not using government math), $130 billion in savings that would come from once again rejiggering the definition of 'inflation', as well as "savings" from not funding extra defense spending because the US is not engaged in a pro forma war. Like we said: surreal and idiotic, or in other words, no actual real cuts to spending. Yet even as the nation is gripped by the melodrama of fake spending cuts offset by the threat to tax millionaires more (all of whom will merely find more creative and effective ways to hide their wealth and income offshore), spending increases are all too real, such as last night's order by Obama's just issued an executive order to end the pay freeze for federal employees, which is the equivalent of a wage increase. A truly deserved rise in wages for a job well done by the most dysfunctional Congress America has ever seen.

    Among the workers to receive a pay increase is Vice President Job Biden. As the Weekly Standard reports, citing disclosure forms, Biden made $225,521 last year and after the pay increase, he'll now make $231,900 per year. More: "Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a little bump, as their annual salary will go from $174,000 to 174,900. Leadership in Congress, including the speaker of the House, will likewise get an increase." Somehow we have the feeling that Congress will be quite united behind this "order", just as the Senate was very united yesterday in its decision to continue spying on America's citizens.

    (more after the link jump - I'm simply too disgusted to post it all)
     
  2. Here's why.
    More wages mean more tax revenue. For every dollar Obama borrows and converts into wages 30% gets kick backed to Washington for Obama to spend as he wishes.
     
  3. I read that also.

    I agree disgusting.
     
  4. pspr

    pspr

    It was just a token increase for all the marvelous work they have accomplished. After all, the government is rolling in cash and it has to go somewhere. :mad:
     
  5. It's terrrible. We should let them be payed by corporations and high wealth individuals instead. That would insure they act in the interest of the people.
     
  6. It's disgusting!!! :mad:

    FORTUNATELY, we have some stalwart Senators and Congressmen/women who gathered on the Capitol floor and vehemently protested those wage increases, like:

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    I'm am PROUD that the _________ showed some integrity!! :D
     
  7. It's just more of the same. Hand out taxpayer money to your pals.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newswe...ative-energy-programs-became-green-graft.html

    In March 2011, for example, the GAO examined the first 18 loans that were approved and found that none were properly documented. It also noted that officials “did not always record the results of analysis” of these applications. A loan program for electric cars, for example, “lacks performance measures.” No notes were kept during the review process, so it is difficult to determine how loan decisions were made. The GAO further declared that the Department of Energy “had treated applicants inconsistently in the application review process, favoring some applicants and disadvantaging others.”

    The Department of Energy’s inspector general, Gregory Friedman, who was not a political appointee, chastised the alternative-energy loan and grant programs for their absence of “sufficient transparency and accountability.” He has testified that contracts have been steered to “friends and family.”
     
  8. pspr

    pspr

    TO - Typical Obama. American voters are either blind or stupid.