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

    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    So you don't think his salary is going to cripple the country, but you do think his golf games are? Think of it this way, he just swore off 100 rounds of golf if it runs him 200 dollars a round. If he golfs twice per week he just gave back 2 years worth of golf. That is if he golfs twice a week at 200 dollar a round golf courses even in the middle of the snow. Not for nothing, but i am looking for him to find something to cut that is millions of times his golf budget for the year. If he could actually cut some big things and bring our deficit under control he can golf every day for all i care.

    This is one of the problems of the right. They piss and moan the gesture is too small and then they suggest a smaller gesture. Thanks for being part of the problem.
    What on earth are you going on about?

    I didn't say a thing about whether his salary...or his golf games...will or will not cripple the country.

    Are you sure you know how to read???
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    Re: In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary

    Quote Originally Posted by zhak View Post
    Your Answer Nailed it"" IMO
    Well so did Obama's?


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

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    I think everybody in public office should take
    a pay cut, and I think Republicans should have done it first since their party complains the most about spending.

    I really don't understand why anybody is attacking the president over this. As much as they have been telling us to sacrifice: pay more taxes, tighten our belts, learn to deal with budget cuts, ect. At least some figures in office are stepping up to the plate and making sacrifices themselves.

    It's really perplexing to see some many of you complaining about this, when everybody in office should be doing it.
    Because its no " sacrifice" and its political posturing.

    His policies have caused real economic pain among millions of middle class families.

    Hell, Jay-Z is probably making up the difference for him.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    What on earth are you going on about?

    I didn't say a thing about whether his salary...or his golf games...will or will not cripple the country.

    Are you sure you know how to read???
    So then you admit you are complaining just for the sake of complaining, and picking the least important of the problems of obama to complain about?

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

    Brings me to tears. I can't see why we don't let him serve for at least a third, possibly a fourth term. Golly, what a guy!
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    Re: In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    I think everybody in public office should take a pay cut, and I think Republicans should have done it first since their party complains the most about spending.

    I really don't understand why anybody is attacking the president over this. As much as they have been telling us to sacrifice: pay more taxes, tighten our belts, learn to deal with budget cuts, ect. At least some figures in office are stepping up to the plate and making sacrifices themselves.

    It's really perplexing to see some many of you complaining about this, when everybody in office should be doing it.

    Well said......also....Obama could have given up his entire salary and his haters would still find fault in what he does.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    So then you admit you are complaining just for the sake of complaining, and picking the least important of the problems of obama to complain about?
    tererun...I've made no complaint. None.

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

    He would have been better off not doing anything at all. Ya know I don't get him, or his advisors. Sometimes their political moves are brilliant, and sometime, not so much. This qualifies under the not so much banner.


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

    An empty gesture
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    Re: In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Read more @: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/us...-pay.html?_r=0

    Hey i guess thats pretty humble and pretty cool [/FONT][/COLOR]
    Few thoughts on this...

    In a general sense, good on the president. A fine gesture and one the congress..both parties...don't seem willing to make. As a federal employee I haven't really complained about my pay being frozen, reorganizations going on, furloughs, etc....but one thing that HAS bothered me is that each time there's a threat of those things happening, or ACTUALLY happening, congress sits there and gives themselves a raise. So I can appreciate him doing this.

    In a political strategy sense, this is a smart move and a no-brainer. He doesn't really need that money given what he gained off his books and what history shows he'll be able to gain after the Presidency. At the same time, it looks like a wonderful frugal selfless gesture. Though I would say he probably should've gone higher than 5%.

    (EDIT - Looking at this thread, looks like my political instints may be off a bit on this one. Wow. Though perhaps it will play differently to the every day person out and about)

    In an actual nuts and bolts sense, that's nice and all but I'm kind of like Wiseone. Some actual solutions and efforts at finding the best way through this, not just telling us how horrible it will be and then agencies making sure that it's horrible, would be nicer. Especially since this somewhat feels like a cheap attempt to go "I feel ya bro" to all us Federal Workers while ignoring the trips to Hawaii or to Atlantis he and his family can make on the public dime, the golf outings and various celebrity interactions he has, etc. In a lot of ways its the same as when Rodger Goodell took a "$1" salary during the lockout...and made sure to publicize that fact quite a bit, like he was really giving something significant up.

    It doesn't help that we routinely here how the money the "top 1%" has lets them suffer a tax hike without really "feeling it" where a normal person would be hurting.....and then watch the President's spin men come out and say he's taking a 5% hit as a move "in solidarity" to federal works who may be missing entire paychecks.

    So there's a mixed reaction to this in me. I can respect the action itself, I can respect the political machinations going on, but I can also very much dislike the attempt to utilize it as a political tool and the disingenuous nature of the message.

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