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Old 04-03-2013, 07:43 PM  
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Washington (CNN) President Barack Obama will put 5% of his paycheck back into the federal government's coffers in a show of unity with furloughed federal workers, a senior administration official said Wednesday.
Obama, whose $400,000 annual salary is set in law and can't officially be changed, will write a check made out to the U.S. treasury every month beginning in April. Since the mandatory across-the-board spending cuts went into effect March 1, his payment for last month will be paid retroactively.

"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.

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced he was giving up the portion of his salary that would have been cut if he had been subject to the same work furlough as thousands of department personnel under the mandatory federal budget cuts. Hagel, who earns $199,700 annually, will write a check to the Treasury for up to 14 days of salary, according to Pentagon press secretary George Little.

As a Cabinet official confirmed by the Senate, Hagel is not subject to the furlough. But Little said Hagel decided to give the equivalent of his furloughed pay to show his support for his workforce. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter had already announced he was doing the same thing in the weeks before Hagel was confirmed.

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced that nearly 500 furlough notices have gone out to administration employees in reaction to the forced government spending cuts known as sequestration.

"The White House is one of eleven components of the Executive Office of the President which is indeed, as we have said, subject to the sequester," Carney said. "Within the Executive Office of the President, several offices have sent furlough notices to their staff, including to 480 employees of the Office of Management and Budget."

According to estimates released when the budget cuts went into effect on March 1, OMB must cut $7 million from the $89 million remaining in its annual budget. Other departments within the EOP have thus far been successful in reducing spending in ways that have avoided the need for furloughs, Carney said, but "additional furloughs as well as pay cuts remain possibilities for additional White House employees."
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:57 PM   #3
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Why don't the 20 million government workers who make more than private sector counterparts also show some solidarity and take the cut?
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:58 PM   #4
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"Solidarity, brothers!" Obama proclaimed as he boarded Air Force One for his 100th Hawaiian vacation.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:45 PM   #5
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:42 AM   #6
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Why don't the 20 million government workers who make more than private sector counterparts also show some solidarity and take the cut?
Not sure if I make more than my private sector counterpart.

I'm taking a 23% pay cut.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:35 AM   #7
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It's common knowledge that in the Obama household, babies are sometimes considered punishment while abortion is a treasured right. Attending church is a twice-a-year photo op and vacations, since the first of the year, average out to be a once-a-month priority. While Dad and Mom talk the talk about sharing, fairness, and self-sacrifice, in their own lives they exhibit none of these qualities. Consequently, the Obama youngsters are learning through observation that concern over appearing selfish, godless, and hypocritical should be dismissed.


Meanwhile, the girls' mother Michelle spends more time than she should proselytizing parents about their children's BMIs, diet, and exercise. Sadly, what Mrs. Obama doesn't seem to recognize is that plump children who possess the character traits she lacks will fare better in life than slender, vegetable-eating youngsters who are indifferent, self-absorbed, and snotty- the very qualities she exhibits, and are at the core of the example she sets for her daughters.


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Old 04-04-2013, 02:38 PM   #8
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Not sure if I make more than my private sector counterpart.

I'm taking a 23% pay cut.
If you're taking it, it's exactly what you're worth.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:15 PM   #9
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I have no problem with this. He's not going to go into crippling debt or have bill collectors show up at 1600 Penn, but there's nothing wrong with making the gesture anyway.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:29 PM   #10
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:32 PM   #11
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Hahaha Some gesture, Keep it I say.
Yeah right? Don't do us any favors, Barry.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:35 PM   #12
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:36 PM   #13
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:39 PM   #14
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