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The President takes a "cut" in his pay. A token gesture. Too little too late.

Updated on February 13, 2014

The madness

Too little too late.

Graft and corruption in our government is prevalent and unstoppable.

Greed and conniving are the only requirements to become a congressman or congress woman.

Is the whole world going mad?

A troubling email

This email is being circulated around the internet:

Dear Dee:

When I started this petition just over a month ago, I wondered (like everyone else) if we could really change anything. However, I think we can safely say our message is getting through!

In fact, just today President Obama announced he is taking a pay cut in solidarity with working families struggling due to Sequester cuts. . . just like we asked.

It is essential we give credit where credit is due, but we must continue to fight to end Sequestration and insist Congress return to respectful, reasoned and rational debate that reflects the real values of the American people.

It’s pretty amazing to think that in just over a month, we’ve had Congresswoman Duckworth respond to us directly, Congressman Loebsack is watching our work, and now the President of the United States has taken a pay cut, too!It just shows there is real strength in numbers - 360,000 and counting!
Thank you; We are having a remarkable effect!

Regards,Diane Russell, State Representative, Portland, Maine

P.S. Read the full story here!

This is supposed to signify some wonderful events happening in Washington?


We are all living with blindfolds on

ordinary people wearing blindfolds to the outside  world around them
ordinary people wearing blindfolds to the outside world around them | Source
blind to the truth - self imposed
blind to the truth - self imposed
blindfolded business people - never question the ethics of those we work for
blindfolded business people - never question the ethics of those we work for
Is everyone wearing blindfolds?
Is everyone wearing blindfolds?

The "cut" in pay

Are the American people really this shallow to believe that this symbolic gesture by the president will somehow magically make everything alright, or acceptable to the American people?

This is just too ridiculous to justify.

The President taking a 5% cut from his $400,000.00 annual salary is really nothing more than token gesture.

This "pay reduction" of $20,000.00 a year is what many Americans have to live on today, and this tiny amount will certainly NOT be felt, or cause any hardships, for this royal family.

This token gesture is just too little too late, and kind of ludicrous when you think about it.
We are witnessing the reduction of the wages of employees all over this country to the point of driving the middle class into poverty.

People would like to see every member of congress having their salaries cut as well ----

not to help the economy, but because they do not deserve being paid $174,000.00 per year, plus receiving the best "free" health care coverage this country has to offer, and adding insult to injury - maintaining their "salaries" for life as their 'retirement package'. They get paid religiously whether they work or not and probably get sick benefits if they are out of work due to a cold or the flu. They NEVER put in a 40 hour week and certainly do not do enough actual work to justify these big salaries.

These thieves do little or nothing for the people, and only pass legislation that benefits the already too wealth 1%.

These money mongers (under the guise of Corporate America) are enjoying their highest profits in history at the expense of the average American tax payer, and there is nothing to stop them from taking trillions of dollars more out of our economy in unnecessary bonuses, and outrageous salaries, that only promote more greed and self serving by this elite class of thieves.

The president's token gesture does nothing more than confirm to the wealthy that their plans, attitudes, and independence from public scrutiny is warranted, and even encouraged.

Instead of trying to appease the public with this nonsense, he should be pushing legislation that would curtail the greed, limit monopolies, ban exorbitant salaries, bonuses, and 'golden parachute' payouts for the thieves at the top of the food chain.

The top salaries are going up, the bottom wages are falling and the gap keeps widening between the extreme ends of our economic society.

He should also be pushing for legislation to make sure that EVERY SINGLE POLITICIAN is mandated to read the bills they sign into law.

The story behind this diversion

What they are trying to hide........

The new 'budget' that was passed and signed by this president, included two important bills that were slipped into this budget bill by persons unknown.

No one is taking responsibility for this crime against the American people, and this president should be held accountable for signing a bill with these riders attached to it.

If this is not government "graft" (illicit gains) i do not know what is. These are the two "riders" added to the budget bill:

  • 1. a rider that states Monsanto, and others like them, will have the right to introduce genetically modified foods, and fish, into the wild without being questioned by anyone, or being held responsible for any 'side effects' of their actions. And without any requirement to disclose what foods are genetically modified.
  • 2. a rider that bans the government from making any regulations to gun purchases, or ownership, and which also protects the gun manufacturers from being held responsible for any harm ever done by the use of their products.

There should be an immediate congressional committee assembled to investigate this event and those found responsible for 'sneaking' these riders into this bill should be fired, fined, jailed, and hung from a scaffold.

No one, in either the House of Representatives or the Senate, admits to knowing how these riders got onto this bill.

These "riders" should be negated immediately.

The corruption in our government is bold, brassy, and unstoppable and paid for by the wealthy, corporate America, and the hard working American people.

by: d.william 04/04/13

Trillions $$$ in offshore accounts?? Should this even be legal?

Government Corruption

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Do we really need new laws banning reporting on Government corruption? Again congress is going in the wrong direction.

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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      I DO support the Obama Administration. Can you imagine what it would be like if the other party had won? I also feel he is bending too far to the right just to appease the tea party fanatics, and the die hard conservatives. His stance of the XL pipe line was an example of his turning too far too the right. And just look at what is happening with that fiasco.

      I revised the following article to include that disaster, but H.P. chose to refuse to place ads because it was anti establishment.

      This is what is called passive-aggressive behavior, when HP 'punishes' those who are anti (organized) religion, or speak ill of the radical conservative movement by refusing to allow ads on those hubs, and not promote them anywhere, so they are only visible to those who actually browse your hub pages. My articles are not 'family friendly' and do not 'produce' or generate enough revenue to suit google.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree. Thank you for taking a stand. I will always support President Obama, admittedly, he could do more, perhaps he will. I am waiting for his budget plan to emerge, some seem to think he caved in to the GOP, i hope this is only a rumor. We shall see. Thank you again.

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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for your comments.

      Regarding my 'derogatory' remarks about the president:

      the idea of politicians taking a pay reduction was started by a senator from Maine as shown in the following:

      ''Many of you have suggested to me that Congress should permanently cut its pay ~ and not just during Sequestration. It’s why I’m pleased to tell you that Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) has introduced the Congressional Halt in Pay Increases and Cut Congressional Pay Act (HR398) ~ The CHIP IN Act!

      Rep. Loebsack's bill would cut Congressional pay by 10% and repeal the current automatic pay increases. If passed, it would be the first Congressional pay cut since the Great Depression!

      Tell Congress it’s time to CHIP In!

      If the rest of us don’t do our jobs, we don’t get paid.

      Why should Members of Congress receive automatic pay raises when they haven’t been doing their job of getting our economy back on track? It’s time for Congress to feel some of the pain that America’s Middle Class is facing every day!

      Join me in telling Congress it’s time for them to CHIP In!

      Thanks for all you do; together we can hold Congress accountable!

      Cheers,~Diane Russell, State Representative, Portland, Maine"

      It was picked up by a congressman from Iowa and introduced as a bill.

      If Pres. Obama had initiated this pay reduction it would have been "kudos" for him. So, although, it seems as if it was indeed a derogatory remark, it was in response to him simply following suit.

      There have been numerous petitions circulating around the internet that this should be done, but when the senator from Maine took a reduction in her salary, and then the congressman from Iowa got on the band wagon, i have to assume that the president did not want to look like he was insensitive to the plights of the people, so he offered this token gesture as well.

      Although these gestures by congressmen / women seems appropriate under the circumstances it does not address the underlying problem of the bigwigs in all the huge corporations making record net profits, and building their personal bank accounts at the expense of the people.

      These thieves are totally oblivious to what is going on outside their circles of opulence. They are the cause of this economic down turn and they walk away unscathed. So, yes, this president should have done more to stop the greed by corporate america, the banking industry, and wall street, instead of giving a token amount back to the government in lieu of fixing the problem.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree with your commentary except, your derogatory comment concerning the president's reduction in salary, at least he made an effort, I do not see anyone else doing this.....