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

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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.

From the Weekly Standard:

Here's the list of new wages, as attached to President Obama's executive order:

"A new executive order has been issued providing for a new pay schedule beginning 'on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after March 27, 2013,'" reports FedSmith.com. "The pay raise will generally be about 1/2 of 1%."

Jeryl Bier points to an example of the pay increase for average government executives:

"Not much of an increase, but an increase all the same," Bier notes.

And the timing isn't great either: Just as President Obama and Congress try to avert going over the "fiscal cliff," he doles out pay increases to federal workers.

UPDATE: According to a senior Republican congressional aide who has reviewed the executive order and consulted with the Congressional Budget Office, Obama's pay raise will cost $11 billion. "The CBO told us that the President’s pay raise for federal workers will cost $11 billion over ten years," says the aide.

The aide explains, "On the cost-estimate, CBO says the (discretionary) cost of the .5% pay-hike the President is calling for in the Exec Order – relative to a freeze – is about $500m in FY 2013 and $11 billion over the ten years from FY 13 - FY 22.  The reason why the FY ’13 savings is only $500 million is because the pay hike as proposed by the President’s Exec Order would not go into effect until April 1st, 2013 - when the current CR expires. So it only covers half the fiscal year. The annualized cost of the pay hike is about $1 billion/year."


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max2205's picture

This was a kick to the nuts.  What a hypocrite

ZerOhead's picture

Their wages should actually be reduced to reflect all of the deflation we are experiencing...

francis_sawyer's picture

This will surely be the first story on the SATURDAY EVENING NEWS... [brought to you by jew owned & managed television networks]...

ZerOhead's picture

Where due to the miracle of zero baseline budgeting it will be presented as a 9% spending cut...

francis_sawyer's picture

kewl ~ jew accountants ON THE JOB earning their deserved stipend... and the beat goes on... [It's got a groovy beat ~ & I can 'BUG OUT' to it]...

derek_vineyard's picture

they all just sick each others dicks----its incestuous 


CPL's picture

holy fuck...are they out of their minds?!?

Michaelwiseguy's picture

Obama is a malignant narcissist ruling by decree and showing his true color, and it ain't black. It's red like the devil. 

Counter-intelligence on his psychological profile was right. By making  Obama a 2nd term president and defeating Romney, we gained two months ahead of schedule. BO is doing exactly as predicted. Just a few more moves till he buries himself as anticipated.

old naughty's picture

Fxxk u muppets !

Get use to the pain. Coz more is coming.

He'd just turned the heat up a few notches.

strannick's picture

They were able to find common ground after all.

GetZeeGold's picture



Always pay the troops first. You might need them to backdown the ticked off zombies. <-----that would be you.

King_of_simpletons's picture

All of these government employees get a fantastic pension and a nice medical package after retirement.

SmallerGovNow2's picture

Actually current federal employee's retirement sucks (FERS).  It is one percent per year of service times the average of your high three years of service.  So say you work 30 years and average 80,000 for your highest three years, you get 24,000 per year which isn't enough to live on.  And there is NO medical "package".  You can continue paying monthly for your medical insurance...

What you are reffering to are some state pensions (California, Illinios, etc...) that the unions have bardered up grand pension programs...

CPL's picture

In Canadian Federal Civil Service it's 75% of your best five years over 35 years.  Salary ranges are broad.  Most start over 45k a year though.

For Canadian Military it's 75% of your best 25 years.  A Major for instance makes 123-145k per year, and Majors are as rare as broken glass in a Jersey parking lot in Ottawa.  Promotion is automatic on the officer end per signed contract.  Some of the lousiest shots and fattest bodies I've ever met in my life have bars and stars.  Soft is a good description.  Hard to aim a gun with a doughnut in hand.

Non-comms get the same deal, 25 years/best five/75%, but most are paid in poverty, training, housing, death and lip service.


So if anyone wants to know why the pension checks are going to be bouncing in Canada soon, there's the reason.  Take every civil servant still walking the good green earth in Canada triple it and you've got the real cost of pensions.  Just on the federal level.  This doesn't include teachers, provincial or municipal which are all seperate systems under funded by around one hundred of trillion dollars collectively.


In a population of 30 million.  Puts it in perspective now doesn't it how big and bad the problem is now.

Elmer Fudd's picture

"you get 24,000 per year which isn't enough to live on."

Fuck you pussy.  Small business owners get no pension.  Thats why people are supposed to save money, you asshole, but no, you want an entitlement to sit on your ass and complain about how much work there is on your desk.  Fuck you. 




bania's picture

Executive Order for pay raises. And by a Constitutional Law Professor to boot! May as well do a State of the Nation Address and flip everyone the bird.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Imagine the damage he could do, with sole authority over the national credit card limit.

spastic_colon's picture

yeah...should'nt we have to vote on this or somethin'?  If we want to take back total democracy, just make public service voluntary......again.

asteroids's picture

Mission Accomplished!

caconhma's picture

People, you are either stupid or incredibly naive. These top government executives and members of the Congress are getting at least 10x times more in donations to their “favorite charities” than in their official compensations.

Dr. Sandi's picture

They're just like really good waiters or masseuses. There's the base wage, then there are the 'tips.'

At a high class establishment like 'Beni Hana' or 'Wolfgang Puck' or 'Halls of Congress Fine Eats,' the tips are way better than the minimum wage.

Element's picture

now, now ... there's no excuse for blanket cynicism there .. he is Al-Qaeda-in-Chief after all ... respect the honor of the office, not the man ;)

Dr. Sandi's picture

Kind of like being stopped by a traffic cop. You have to show respect for the uniform, even if you don't actually respect what they slid into it.

U4 eee aaa's picture

No, not the uniform. Just what is in the holster

A Nanny Moose's picture

Personally, I would double their pay, on the condition that they just go away. It would be far cheaper to support these unproductive politicians by calling them what they are...the biggest welfare queens on the planet.

XitSam's picture

And to think I just read an editorial by a congress critter from my state, complaining that Congress didn't pass enough laws this year. Each law they pass should cut their salary in half.

The Gooch's picture

They should be in fucking prison or dangling.

BlackChicken's picture

That's why they want our guns so bad.

However they should not just by lynched, we need to use the system. Get national attention to the petition to bring charges of TREASON against Feinstein. If guilty, she can legally be hung and left swinging.

Might even get the attention of a few other "welfare queens" (love that term).

BlackChicken's picture

Btw, it was Nanny Moose who wrote the "welfare queens" comment first. Just hoping NM is a fellow Alaskan.

DosZap's picture

That's why they want our guns so bad.

However they should not just by lynched, we need to use the system. Get national attention to the petition to bring charges of TREASON against Feinstein. If guilty, she can legally be hung and left swinging.

Might even get the attention of a few other "welfare queens" (love that term).


To no avail, he would simply pardon her.

BlackChicken's picture

Comment deleted.

You are right. Just want to see her name brought down to the level of her actions against us. Evil bitch.

TruthInSunshine's picture

The pigs Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer adapt Old Major's ideas into 'a complete system of thought', which they formally name Animalism. Soon after, Napoleon and Squealer indulge in the vices of humans (drinking alcohol, sleeping in beds, trading). Squealer is employed to alter the Seven Commandments to account for this humanisation.

The original commandments are:

  1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
  2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
  3. No animal shall wear clothes.
  4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
  5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
  6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
  7. All animals are equal.

Later, Napoleon and his pigs secretly revise some commandments to clear them of accusations of law-breaking (such as "No animal shall drink alcohol" having "to excess" appended to it and "No animal shall sleep in a bed" with "with sheets" added to it). The changed commandments are as follows, with the changes bolded:

  • 4 No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.
  • 5 No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.
  • 6 No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.

Eventually these are replaced with the maxims, "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others", and "Four legs good, two legs better!" as the pigs become more human.

Jayda1850's picture

whatever misfortunes fell upon the farm were always blamed on snowball. Seems there are many "snowball"s for Obama to blame. repubs, the rich, guns etc. take your pick.

LateToTheTable's picture

I was just thinking on this.  de ja vu from an old HS English reading assignment.  Everyone but myself thought the teacher was loony.  I knew for a fact she was and why.... hahahah!

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

I agree.  What a hypocrite.

I never would have thought it possible - this is the USA gawdammit and we don't tolerate no hypocrisy in our politics no way no how.

rwe2late's picture

Strange that many bemoan more the Congressional public pay than the much greater private rewards which coincide and follow public political tenure.

Perhaps it is because we understand we as citizens are collectively charged for the public salary.

And do not understand how we also wind up paying for the much greater private sector rewards for Congresspersons who  self-servingly direct funds and approve laws benefiting relatives and associates, or are subsequently employed as lobbyists, consultants, or sit on boards of directors.

Should we conclude that the chief result of eliminating Congressional public pay altogether would be to suppress public outrage? Many if not all Congresspersons would be delighted at such a result, and find salary elimination to be of little consequence, since most are already millionaires or will soon become ones.

Well, we must suppose, at least for now, focusing on the public pay helps shift attention away from the much greater private remunerations.

Being Free's picture

+1 because I get what you said but ... there is nothing "private" about the real "rewards" you speak of.  It's all "public" money that tptb have directed to themselves and thier cronies.

Cut them off!  The Goernment is too Damn Big.

Go Tribe's picture

Biden makes more than me?

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Biden doesn't make anything but he does receive more money.

DaveyJones's picture

he makes many things:

me want to puke

a fool of himself

a silk purse into a sows ear


and the list goes on

XitSam's picture

Biden receives more FRNs, not money.

Ookspay's picture

Rotten Bastards! The cuckolding of America, watch while we fuck your country!

Againstthelie's picture

Not really. People want "Democracy", so people get "Democracy".

Dingleberry's picture

Please remember that he was RE-ELECTED, along with most of Congress. 

Place the blame accordingly.

Don't hate the playa......hate the game.

chunga's picture

They are taunting us.