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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Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:56 | 3105178 ZerOhead
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Pitchfork tine sharpening time...

(You'll need a file as I found out pencil sharpeners simply will not work...)

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:32 | 3105275 NemoDeNovo
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Long Gulliotines.....

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:15 | 3105460 francis_sawyer
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Without precision in the stab, it's hard to impale more than 1.5 tines [of a pitchfork] into the neck of any 'chosen' adversary [but you can try]...


A '2nd stab', therefore, ought to be practiced... francis_sawyer councils thusly...

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:55 | 3105652 tenpanhandle
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one sideways groin stab solves that problem and still gets the point across.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:22 | 3105376 The Gooch
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Sun, 12/30/2012 - 08:41 | 3106193 GetZeeGold
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Run.....Marathon Man.


Don't ask....just Google it.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:25 | 3105384 BlackChicken
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Disposable pen

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:11 | 3105565 e_goldstein
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Sometimes dull ain't so bad.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:33 | 3105109 hooligan2009
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i would have said..flipping the bird and laughing all the way to their nearest hookers...but that's just me

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:43 | 3105842 willwork4food
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Yea, but do you know the price of hookers in DC these days? Oy Vey!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:07 | 3105338 DaveyJones
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pride goeth before the fall

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:26 | 3105082 The Gooch
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uh-oh, B!

I think the hornets are stirring!

We done poked the nest one too many times!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:26 | 3105083 Meatballs
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They ALL need to go. Now.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:44 | 3105844 willwork4food
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They need to hang. Now.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:27 | 3105085 Atomizer
Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:30 | 3105092 Husk-Erzulie
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PTB absolutely is trying to stir civil unrest right now; I just can't see any other conclusion, the timing on this is just too precious. WTF is next? 

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:32 | 3105104 knukles
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Start the Billion Bullet March, Peasants!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:36 | 3105121 Atomizer
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Not really. The plan is to float a financial crisis so they can receive their pay increase.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:38 | 3105128 cynicalskeptic
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WTF pretty much sums it all up.....    FUBAR to infinity.     I wonder if they get charged for the 'world-is-ending' shelters they have reservations for?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:58 | 3105320 kill switch
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Sandy Hook Rev II

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:26 | 3105594 Selah
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I bet they do the false flag on a hospital next.

This will allow them to add TSA security to all hospitals and bill the taxpayer on top of ObamaCare.


I guarantee that there will be no mass shootings at a gun range.

These people are evil, but they are not suicidal.... of course unless they decide that they met their kill-quota; then they suddenly become suicidal.



Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:58 | 3105878 willwork4food
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Churches, sports events and military gates too.

False flags for everyone.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:25 | 3105486 e_goldstein
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Bounties paid in specie.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:31 | 3105098 yogibear
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LOL, Obama is a typical Hyde Chicago poitician. Increase pay, then tax to pay for it..

Obama is already spending money before he even has it.

No hope for the US given the Senate and the president.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:40 | 3105291 CrockettAlmanac.com
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..and the congress and the courts and everybody else who wields the power to take what is not theirs and force peaceful, responsible individuals into situations that hurt them physically, economically and morally. I want off this train.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:58 | 3105661 tenpanhandle
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I pray when the train derails over the chasm, you are thrown clear.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 21:01 | 3105666 CrockettAlmanac.com
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When they start in on Jimmy Crack Corn, I'm jumping regardless of speed.





Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:00 | 3105882 willwork4food
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The problem is the train is named Tommy..and they made it.

(cue SK)

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:32 | 3105101 MFLTucson
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This man be the biggest clown we could have imagained to run this country.  No accountability, no need to do their jobs, no fiscal discilpline just spend and play fucking games.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:09 | 3105340 DaveyJones
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wait till you see the next one

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:57 | 3105440 Vendetta
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just like the previous 2 and the one following the next, that is if the name of the country hasn't been changed to Banana States of the Republic, Corporate States of Amerika or similar more appropriate name.  Then the political arena will simply be High Chancellor and 'the committees'

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:36 | 3105500 Esso
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East of the Mississippi: Gaza Strip II

West of the Mississippi: West Bank II

We're all Palistinians now. Get used to it.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:47 | 3105953 XitSam
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There is no "next one", and be sure to genuflect each time you pass a picture of His Royal Highness Barack the First.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:33 | 3105108 AldoHux_IV
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is this chicago style trade politics-- i have given you raise, now give me my spending?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:34 | 3105113 IridiumRebel
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So it is obvious now that he wants this country to fiscally die. There is no other explanation. I got my wife on board for our preps. Even she sees it and she only watches E! in between long shifts giving free healthcare to fake named and pay dodging takers at the hospital. Stay Frosty! We are truly reaching the edge.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:48 | 3105150 Seasmoke
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Same here IR.....wife has never asked or been interested in anything over thast 5 years that i have been awake......now since the Newtown shooting she has finally woke up and cant stop talking to me (guess it had the oppsite effect on her than intended).............should be very interesting, when she finally shuts off the fucking Housewifes shows !!!!!!!!!!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:04 | 3105197 Jayda1850
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Thanks for giving me hope seasmoke. My wife isnt there yet, still in real housewives land. But atleast she pretends to listen to me now when I go off on rants instead of just leaving the room.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:13 | 3105228 IridiumRebel
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She will get there. My wife sees how many are bilking the system so her learning curve is advanced.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:06 | 3105883 willwork4food
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Same here. I promised my wife if they confiscate our 401K, I WILL NOT be paying the mortgage ever again.

Fuck the banks.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:10 | 3105343 DaveyJones
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Entropy is a great show

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:42 | 3105840 Parousia
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When was the last time you defended the Second Amendment along the lines of preventing tyranny instead of hunting and not be thought of as an extremeist?  It's happening now.  People are waking up and realizing we went over the edge a LONG time ago.  

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:35 | 3105114 francis_sawyer
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COLA bitchez!...

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:36 | 3105120 hooligan2009
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a gesture would be to take zero in salary AND benefits, until debt/gdp is <70%

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:39 | 3105131 cynicalskeptic
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They'd still make a fortune via campaign contributions and insider trading (legal/illegal?  who cafres.....)

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:48 | 3105152 hooligan2009
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add those in too..should take a few billion off the deficit this year..or was that last year..no wait..next year ad finitum

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:29 | 3105250 Rainman
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Close relatives of the critters are cleaning up as lobbyists paid big to grab moar gubmint cheese...a superb racket.




Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:16 | 3105466 I am Jobe
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Getting to be too incestuous. Time for the rope for the entire family.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:38 | 3105129 lizzy36
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Only in Washington can one fuck up so badly as to basically repudiate their employment contract and still get a pay raise.

What a fucking joke the US government is. Warrantless wiretap, torture, extraordinary rendition, killng american citizens w/o a trial, killing innocent civilans with drones, and taking the USD and making it single ply toliet paper. Nevermind the fact that legislators no longer legislate, they just answer to their corporate overlords.

SO much to be proud of.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:57 | 3105184 Freddie
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They are looting the country as fast as they possibly can.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:36 | 3105403 Atomizer
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You better hop onto the CyberHijacking Schoolbus to understand the new romper room polices.. winks


You have to laugh at the desperation and uncertainty of these individuals trying to mold new rules vs. the common sense DNA gene. All children who are non-compliant will be tested for the evil gene. 



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