Obama grants pay raise to Congress, Biden, federal workers

Barack Obama signing orderThe lifespan of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign slogan, “We’re all in this together,” ended with a thud Friday, when he signed an executive order ending the 2010 federal pay freeze.

The looming fiscal cliff has dominated the national headlines for weeks on end. If we take that tumble, it will mean higher taxes for everyone, a half-trillion dollar defense cut and $8 gallon milk for starters. But that’s OK, because “we’re all in this together.”

Even if we don’t fall off the cliff, when the Affordable Care Act’s tax provisions kick in, it’ll mean 20 new or increased taxes we can look forward to, only partially paying for a program most Americans don’t want. It’ll come at a time when the private sector is announcing massive layoffs and cuts in employee hours. But we can pull through, because “we’re all in this together.”

We’ll also be hitting the debt ceiling again in January, with a Congress and presidency whose only answer is to keep raising the ceiling instead of actually dealing with the spending problem. As a result, we can probably expect another credit downgrade. But again, “we’re all in this together.”

Well, maybe we’re not all in this together.

Last month, after the president’s re-election was secure, unions representing federal workers told Obama and Congress they were tired of “pay freezes,” saying that when it came to cutting government fat, don’t dare look to them, according to the Huffington Post.

The unions spoke, and the president listened.

On Friday, President Obama signed an executive order, which will end the 2010 federal pay freeze on March 27, 2013. By the same order, the president has also granted everyone a pay increase. Vice President Joe Biden’s pay will be raised by $6,379, to $231,900, according to the new pay schedule below which the president attached to his order.

The original pay freeze would have actually expired this month — so it’s really more of a three-month extension. But the pay raises are a nice bonus.

But then again, it really wasn’t much of a pay freeze to begin with. Daniel Greenfield, writing for FrontPageMag.com, described it as “a sham because it sounded good, but did not apply to automatic step pay increases so Federal employees still continued getting raises despite the pay freeze.”

Maybe we – the taxpayers who have to foot the bill for all this generosity – were never all in this together from the start.

The following is a list of new wages for the vice president, members of Congress and the judiciary attached to the president’s order.

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Read more at The Weekly Standard.


31 thoughts on “Obama grants pay raise to Congress, Biden, federal workers

  1. Jayne says:

    OMG – you people are horrid!! Federal employees didn't get a raise on 3 years!! Any of you who work – how would you like it if you didn't get a raise in 3 years? Come on! I agree that the GOP Congress actually should reimburse all of us – they have been in recess more then any Congress in my memory – however, saying that, I know my Congressman (who is a Democrat!) uses that time at home to work for his constituents – wonder how many of those Tea Party Congress people can say the same?!

    1. Roy says:

      Well said.

    2. Dana says:

      Are you kidding me? How many other people do you think have not had pay raises in three years? A lot. Many people are just grateful to have a job at this point in this crappy economy and if the people of congress can't do their job which obviously they can't do well (raises are supposed to be based on job performance usually) they don't deserve a raise. They need to fix all of the things they have messed up and giving congress more money is not going to help the national debt.

    3. Cheri says:

      I worked for a major corporation up until a few years ago and people are going 5-6 years without a raise! Congresses pay should be tied to performance! You don't get anything done you don't get a raise!

  2. Jayne says:

    Once people realize the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (free wellness visit each year, no co-pay for mammograms or paps and other tests, no denial for pre-existing conditions, no cap on coverage etc. etc. they will LOVE it! The only reason they don't right now is because you loons have scared them to death and lied about what it does!! Millions of people got checks in the mail this past August because their insurance companies didn't spend 80% on actual health care and had to send their insured the difference – I bet those people are LOVING the ACA! The donut hole will be closed in a few years – I bet seniors will LOVE that!!

    You got people to forget how much they HATED their insurance companies – the rate increases have already been lowered thanks to the ACA – used to be the rates would go up about 30% a year!

    1. Dana says:

      I don't think people really understand the Affordable Care Act either. It is not going to mean free healthcare. Yes, it will give healthcare for people who don't have insurance but it won't be free. Nothing is ever free. Someone has to pay for it. It will mean a much longer wait to get in at your primary care provider. It is already screwing things up in medical facilities now. They are preparing for the loss of income and cutting jobs. People think that the big drug companies are the enemy because their prescriptions and healthcare are so expensive. They also don't understand that these "big drug companies" provide a lot of money for research for treatments for little things like cancer treatments, etc. If these companies are hurting financially, don't you think the funding for these things will go away? I think that we need to help people who need healthcare and medical treatment but Obamacare is a horrible way to go about it. There are some good ideas involved but it needed a lot more work before being passed. The concept of eliminating denial for pre-exisiting conditions is a great one, etc. but they need to work on other aspects of the plan. Look at other countries, such as Canada with universal health care and see how long they have to wait to get treatment and compare it to what we have now.

  3. Gene says:

    Jayne, you have no clue…

    Quote – Jayne says “OMG – you people are horrid!! Federal employees didn’t get a raise on 3 years!! Any of you who work – how would you like it if you didn’t get a raise in 3 years? Come on!”

    The average federal employee makes 26% more than the private sector. “In 2010 federal civilian employees earned $81,258 in salary, compared to $50,464 for private-sector workers”. (although there is a skill set difference) Where do you think your money comes from? The private sector! You get far more than you put in yet you want me to feel sorry for a federal employee… what did you have for lunch today? A whaaa burger and some French cries?

    The private sector is struggling and the average American family that puts money in your pocket is scrapping by to make sure (partially unwillingly) you don't have to scrape by. I lost work in home construction because of this mess and went back to school and now I work for 1/4 of what I used to take care of my family on. You have no sympathy from me… I would gladly like to make what I was making 5 years ago.

    And let’s talk about the Affordable Healthcare Act…

    Quote- Jayne says “Free wellness visit each year, no co-pay for mammograms or paps and other tests, no denial for pre-existing conditions, no cap on coverage etc.”

    Where do you think that money is going to come from…? Free??? Are you kidding me…? You think like a true Federal government worker… money grows on trees so just print more.

    We, the loons, don’t try to scare people because it’s fun, we tried to scare people because We are in a national crisis and all you can think about is what you’re going to get out of it. The fact of the matter is that Obamacare didn’t do anything to lower the cost of healthcare, only to create a way for the Fed to pay for it. When we forced every American to have auto insurance did you see the price of cars go down? It cost the same for me to get a nurse to poke me in the arm with a flu shot regardless… the question is where that money comes from. If I pay for it, it comes out of my wallet, if the fed pays for it; it comes out of my wallet. Now for all the people that didn’t have insurance that get the benefits of Obamacare, get it out of my wallet too. All this debate over insurance costs and no one bothered to look at how to actually lower the costs of healthcare.

    And where do you think the federal government gets its money from? Does the government make anything and sell it? Does the fed produce anything? Nope…

    Stop listening to that hypocrite, as with any politician he is a liar by default.

  4. Rich says:

    Anyone for term limits and pay cuts for congress? This isn't a partisan thing. Ineptness gets rewarded. No wonder the younger generation is confused and distraught. They see the criminal behavior in sports and in politics paying off.

    You are dreaming if you think things will get better with career politicians. They have all their relatives and friends working in the redundant agencies( as noted on a GAO report for waste in government) in Washington DC and they are all getting raises.

  5. Big Dem says:

    Jayne apparently is a product of our "modern" education system dominated by unionized teachers trained by education departments dominated by Progressive profressors who think socialism is the "intellectual" and sophisticated choice for government. (Of course, almost all professors are government employees with plum jobs. I know: I have a B.A., a M.S., and a Ph.D., and was in academia until my early 30's). I worked in a government job for 5 years until I could not stand the system any longer. I studied with and worked with many "Jaynes" through the years, and they opened my eyes to the indoctrination that was taking place in America's education system. Jayne is so deeply indoctrinated she cannot see her bias toward government dependency. However, it is great she posts because she makes my point far more clearly and eloquently than I ever could!

  6. Big Dem says:

    US Budget for Dummies

    * U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000

    * Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000

    * New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000

    * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000

    * Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

    Let’s now remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget:

    * Annual family income: $21,700

    * Money the family spent: $38,200

    * New debt on the credit card: $16,500

    * Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710

    * Total budget cuts so far: $38.50

    Make sense now, Jayne?

    1. Rich says:

      Sounds like congress is moving at the speed of light to an economic crash. And they deserve a raise for this? It is so sad that it is funny.

  7. kateinmacclenny says:

    Unbelievable! Is this their version of redistribution of wealth??

  8. CJ says:

    I agree! It has puzzled me for years now, was I the only person who remembers high school? Did no one else read Orwell? The pigs are putting on the farmer's clothes.

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