Obama Freezes Federal Salaries

Monday, November 29, 2010

President Obama is expected to announce today a two-year freeze of more than 2 million Federal employee salaries. The step is seen as the first implementation of his Cat Food Commission’s draconian recommendations to cut Federal spending.

The proposal will effectively wipe out plans for a 1.4 percent across-the-board raise for 2.1 million Federal employees in 2011 and 2012. As expected, the military will not be affected. The president has frozen the salaries of his own top White House staff members since taking office 22 months ago.

Already announced, for the second year, Social Security recipients will not receive a much-needed cost-of-living increase, despite rising gas, food and medical costs.

But as the New York Times correctly points out, a pay freeze will make only a small dent in the Federal deficit. The move –or stunt, represents a symbolic gesture toward public anger over unemployment, the anemic economic recovery and rising national debt.

The number of Federal workers making more than $150,000 a year has grown ten-fold in the past five years and doubled since Mr. Obama took office, USA Today reported earlier this month.

However, no word from the Obama administration about action to end Congressional COLAS — usually now in the amount of $4,400 each year. The Congress, like the military, are sacred cows.

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21 Responses to Obama Freezes Federal Salaries

  1. Peace Nick says:

    I’ll take Obama’s commitment to trimming the debt when he signs onto trimming our bloated Pentagon budget.

    Until then, I think he’s a liar and not worthy of holding office.

  2. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    Obama is looking more and more like CNN’s Tony Harris.

  3. Tiny Dancer says:

    Can 2012 get here soon enough? Not for me.

    My sister works for Interior and the cost of living in Maryland is very, very high. She struggles and can’t afford to buy a condo. I can’t wait to call her tonight and hear her rant against Obama.

  4. Carpe Diem says:

    President Obama is doing everything in his power to alienate the American people and destroy any chance he has for reelection in 2 years.

    He’s paving the way for Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin to win the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I voted for a Democrat in 2008 but I got someone else. Like the progressives like to say, we were duped.

  5. Walk on Socks says:

    The overwhelming, vast majority of federal employees are middle class workers and they perform all the grunt work and heavy-lifting that helps the government run.

    Obama has become pretty damned loathsome. Freezing federal salaries is a shameless publicity stunt and nothing more. It’s a crumb tossed to the likes of John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell.

    It should be clear to everyone with a double digit IQ that Obama isn’t the least bit interested in shrinking the budget deficit. If he was, the Pentagon and the military, industrial complex would be on the table.

    Freezing federal salaries when the cost of living is up is unconscion­able and we should all be very clear now that Barack Obama is an enemy to the middle and working classes in this nation.

    To freeze federal salaries while Wall Street and the banks paid the highest bonuses in history says all you need to know about this president. He’s lower than pond scum. A corporate whore and we can’t allow him a second term as president.

  6. Harry says:

    I can’t wait to see the latest public opinion polls for Obama over the next two weeks. He should be in the low-30’s by January 1st, 2011.

  7. DMason says:

    The next two years promises to be a living hell for Mr. Obama. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said he will launch a new investigation of the Obama White House each week for all of 2011. He’s completely committed to uncovering what the US House needs to order the Articles of Impeachment. I wouldn’t want to be Mr. Obama for anything in the world.

  8. Jolly Roger says:

    Not to worry…… soon enough, the budget will be helped along by Saudi Arabia and China, when the purse snaps shut. That day is coming, very soon.

  9. Mets Fan says:

    Barry being tough at the expense of middle class federal employees.

    But the $8 billion dollar a month Afghanistan war and the trillion dollar Pentagon are alive and well. Obama has finally shown his true colors and its Republican red. Hurry 2012 so we can vote this DINO Democrat out of office.

  10. Randy Arroyo says:

    Obama has shown a demonstrated disdain for the Middle Class and I hope the Middle Class demonstrates a disdain for the president at the ballot box in 2012. He’s not who we thought he was back in 2008 and I want him gone.

  11. john arnette says:

    This was the first time my wife voted, she thought this man would bring the world together, fix a alot of problems, show what a black man could do in office compared to a woman. We were all duped, instead he gives everyone in our info strucuture an un-Godly amount of money without any strings attached, now he expects Fed workers and the rest of the middle class to pay back all the money he gave his friends who put him in office.
    Thanks Obana for a Big Fat Nothing?

  12. MichaelTAtheist says:

    Wow, all the previous comments pretty much sum up my thoughts. The only thing I can add is this: To bad OBUSHA hasn’t yet figured out a way to get his own ‘BALLS” out of the freezer and start doing what he promised during his campaign two years ago. He was nothing more than a ‘WRONG WING’ Republican hiding in a Black suit!

  13. PissedoffLiberal says:

    Where’s a good strong tree???? At this point I think I could get behind a Lynching!!!!

  14. myron henri says:

    NOW perhaps more folks will see thru this bush-clinton-bush, both parties are doing us in BS. time for term limits. goooh.com can help. we also need to demand that all senators and congressmen cut their salaries and perks, since times are so hard. why should they…our servants…live better than us,
    their employer. time to WAKE UP folks. mr O, is one of the good ole boys.
    get out of our house .com

  15. Adirondacky says:

    Who does President Obama think he’s serving? Certainly not middle class Americans, or students who graduate and can’t find work, or seniors, or the LGBT community, or Independents. If he thinks he can pull this out 90 days before the 2012 election, he’s even more out of touch than I believe him to be. He reminds me of some punk who taunts a junkyard dog with a stick and enjoys the activity.

  16. PissedoffLiberal says:

    Hey!!! ‘HOUSE NEGRO’ Obusha……… when you operate from a ‘SLAVE MENTALITY’ That’s how people will treat you……. What a pathetic FAILURE you are!

  17. Kate Novotny says:

    I’m all for getting the deficit under control in a responsible manner.

    This is money we desperately need to spend on this country and not give away to China and Japan. But, freezing federal employee salaries amounts to a drop in the bucket. Until the military’s budget is frozen or reduced, I won’t take the Obama administration seriously.

  18. fran says:

    Yea, well they should be happy to have jobs. A pay freeze is appropriate. Congress is under a pay freeze too.

  19. PissedoffLiberal says:

    Dear Fran, you’re totally miss-informed! Congress just voted themselves an almost $5,000 dollar raise. So a Freeze is inappropriate. I would advocate that all Federal employess go on strike, or stage a massive sick-call! Instead of freezing the salaries of working people……….. let Congress cut the massive, TRILLION Dollar Military budget!

  20. MichaelTAtheist says:

    You know……… I remember back in 1971 when President Nixon Froze the wages of Federal Employees…… because I was a Federal employee at the time. But even he only did it for 90 days…….. not two years like this SCUM BAG Obusha is doing! Federal Employees, it’s time for an ILLEGAL Strike to shut this Government down. If OBAMASHIT shut down his two wars, like he promised to during his campaign, we could easily save this money. Barry, Stand up like a man, instead of acting like a slave………. BOY!

  21. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Freeze federal salaries but keep Bush’s tax cuts for the rich?

    Obama is a fucking clown.

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