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May 20, 2014

Important Shared Sacrifice Alert

Furloughed federal workers of America: did the President really share your Sequester Sacrifice? The Most Transparent Administration Evah won't/can't say:

Obama promised last April to take a 5 percent pay cut in “solidarity” with federal employees who were furloughed as a result of the automatic budget cuts, known as the sequester. The cut was meant to equate to the level of spending cuts imposed on nondefense federal agencies.

“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,” a White House official said at the time.

According to his tax returns, Obama is still receiving the presidential salary of $400,000 per year. Last year, he earned $394,796 in wages from the Defense Financing and Accounting Service (DFAS-CIVPAY), which handles the salaries for civilian members of the Defense Department.

Obama’s income was commensurate to his salaries in recent years. He took in $395,188 in 2010, $394,821 in 2011, and $394,840 in 2012. The salary is also comparable to what former President George W. Bush received in 2007, when he earned $397,839.

The president’s salary is set by the U.S. code, and cannot be legally changed in the middle of a presidential term. However, at the time of Obama’s promise, the White House official said Obama would “write a check to the government” each month, according to the New York Times, beginning last April.

The official also promised that the president would take the cut for the entire year, amounting to roughly $20,000.

The White House would not respond to numerous requests submitted by the Washington Free Beacon to the White House press office to confirm that Obama did, in fact, write checks to the Treasury.

Silly journalists. Obama has no idea what's going on in his own administration. He finds these things out the way the rest of America does.

By watching cable news.

Posted by Cassandra at May 20, 2014 07:09 AM

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Dumb of Barry to get involved in tokenism.
Net impact on federal workers is a very complicated question, as I understand they've all been payed in full, though many did have pay delayed during 'sequester.' And delayed pay checks prob did impose short term costs & hardships.

Posted by: CAPT Mike at May 20, 2014 10:01 AM

Tokenism is all Xerxes and his minions know, CAPT Mike.

Posted by: DL Sly at May 20, 2014 12:07 PM

Wait . . . you're not saying he lied?

Posted by: Texan99 at May 20, 2014 03:45 PM

...though many did have pay delayed during 'sequester.' And delayed pay checks prob did impose short term costs & hardships.

We didn't have delayed pay - they just didn't pay us for the days when my husband was furloughed. Honestly, I wasn't even aware that we had ever gotten back pay (apparently this occurred in December?) His paycheck goes into a separate account so I didn't see it.

At any rate, it wasn't a hardship for us because we have my income, but also b/c we live well below our means. I think the people who were hurt worst were those who have kids and were dependent on one income.

But honestly, we had savings even when the Unit was a 2nd Lieutenant. That's kind of what savings accounts are for - rainy days and unexpected setbacks.

I'm always kind of amazed when I read articles asserting (on no evidence) that the sequester had no effect, though. My husband's office is already short staffed. How anyone in their right mind can think that you can order people not to work their regular hours (12 hour day) AND work one day less a week and magically, there will be 'no impact' is beyond me.

It had a huge impact.

Posted by: Cass at May 20, 2014 04:47 PM

Salaried employees got their pay returned. The hourly employees didn't. That's an annoying little fact that neither party wants to address.
I had to eat a $4200 loss. Believe me, there was an impact.

Posted by: Joatmoaf at May 20, 2014 08:17 PM

Hi Joat,
My sympathy.
So much of govt workforce is union on salary it's easy to forget others.

Posted by: CAPT Mike at May 20, 2014 10:32 PM