While the Rest of the Country Suffers… Obama Gives Joe Biden and Congress a Raise

Under Obama the median US household income has dropped $4,520 a year but that didn’t stop him from giving Joe Biden and Congress a raise.

Barack Obama issued an executive order giving a pay raise to Joe Biden and members of Congress.
The Weekly Standard reported:

President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.

According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he’ll now make $231,900 per year.

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.

Meanwhile… For the rest of America, median household income has dropped $4,520, or about one month’s average wages, since President Obama took office.

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  • Whiskeytangofoxtrot

    The Great Pretender just can’t help himself – buying votes is as natural as coercing any other desired behavior only easier because it is OPM (Other People’s Money).

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  • Indiana

    Wow….what a bunch of whore$…..With the kind of money those guys make, the bennies, and their investments……don’t you think that raise would be an insult? Chump change to most. I had to laugh….why bother? Does Obama thinks votes are that cheap?

  • Freddy

    Does anyone know if this covers the crack team of experts in the state department that just let that ambassador get murdered?

  • ★FALCON★

    If Biden is paid in clam shells – it’s still too much.

    I swear to God – he makes the chromosomally challenged look like Mensa members.

  • Alvin

    Obamaclause

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  • He won’t even try to hide his contempt for us over the next four years.

  • Linda

    Enjoy your pay raises…while you can…the real pay day always comes from God…and it won’t be fun!

  • Patty

    real evil started in January 2009

  • Patty

    THIS IS WHAT RAND PAUL IS TALKING ABOUT!!!!!

  • ★FALCON★

    Obama can attempt to slam-through his agenda, act like a totalitarian, and above the fray, however, he will never have the consent his political ideological opponents.

    Therefore – he will assume his rightful place in American History – under Jimmy Carter’s nut sack.

    He will be despised, his image spat upon, and his over-all record one of a Communist.

    History has a way of turning a political body inside out.

    There are those that claim Obama wants a weakened America, a dissolved Union and a collapsed dollar. I don’t discount any of those parts nor that agenda.

    However, there won’t be a black-ops military bunker deep enough for the elites to hide if they intentionally destroy America.

    And trust me, there are many of us out here with shovel-ready jobs willing to bury them, for eternity.

  • jainphx

    How can the president or anyone raise wages, when ALL money matters for the government MUST start in the House. Does the constitution mean anything to anyone anymore?

  • Adirondack Patriot

    This is absurd. The Executive Branch can’t issue Executive Orders for the Legislative Branch. Only the Legislative Branch can’t set its salary.

    It’s in the Constitution, along with the Second Amendment, Separation of Powers and other quaint, outdated concepts like liberty and the pursuit (not the guarantee) of happiness.

  • BurmaShave

    Straight out of Animal Farm:

    The PIGS are more equal than others.

    ++++++++++++++

    “President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.”

    What the H is that about?!? Another slash attack upon the US Constitution by His Highness, Emperor Barack we-don’t-need-no-stinkin-constitution Obama.

  • SeaBass

    I am positive with his intellect, companies in the private sector would fight to have him at that number, if not ten fold. Sure he hasn’t made a dollar on his own in the real world in three decades

  • bg
  • bg

    ++

    “When the revolution comes…”

    flashback to February 22, 2009

    The Revolt of the Kulaks Has Begun

    [This movement can succeed if it does not stop at protest and includes changes in economic behavior. Obama’s redistributive plans require higher taxation, but higher tax plans (to be announced this week by Obama) are based on the fallacy that the “rich” will not change their economic behavior in reaction to higher tax rates.

    History tells us, however, that economic redistribution plans fail because the producers of society would rather not produce, than have the fruits of their production taken away and given to others. Obama can raise the tax rates on income, but he cannot force people to generate income to be taxed. People may just say “no.” This resistance will not come from evading taxes, but from evading taxable income. In the end, as must all economic redistributors, Obama either will have to resort to repressive measures, or he will have to abandon his redistributive plans.]

    Murder By Communism (by any other
    name, the results are the same) *-(

    [How can we understand all this killing by communists? It is the marriage of an absolutist ideology with the absolute power. Communists believed that they knew the truth, absolutely. They believed that they knew through Marxism what would bring about the greatest human welfare and happiness. And they believed that power, the dictatorship of the proletariat, must be used to tear down the old feudal or capitalist order and rebuild society and culture to realize this utopia. Nothing must stand in the way of its achievement. Government–the Communist Party–was thus above any law. All institutions, cultural norms, traditions, and sentiments were expendable. And the people were as though lumber and bricks, to be used in building the new world.

    Constructing this utopia was seen as though a war on poverty, exploitation, imperialism, and inequality. And for the greater good, as in a real war, people are killed. And thus this war for the communist utopia had its necessary enemy casualties, the clergy, bourgeoisie, capitalists, wreckers, counterrevolutionaries, rightists, tyrants, rich, landlords, and noncombatants that unfortunately got caught in the battle. In a war millions may die, but the cause may be well justified, as in the defeat of Hitler and an utterly racist Nazism. And to many communists, the cause of a communist utopia was such as to justify all the deaths. The irony of this is that communism in practice, even after decades of total control, did not improve the lot of the average person, but usually made their living conditions worse than before the revolution. It is not by chance that the greatest famines have occurred within the Soviet Union (about 5,000,000 dead during 1921-23 and 7,000,000 from 1932-3) and communist China (about 27,000,000 dead from 1959-61). In total almost 55,000,000 people died in various communist famines and associated diseases, a little over 10,000,000 of them from democidal famine. This is as though the total population of Turkey, Iran, or Thailand had been completely wiped out. And that something like 35,000,000 people fled communist countries as refugees, as though the countries of Argentina or Columbia had been totally emptied of all their people, was an unparalleled vote against the utopian pretensions of Marxism-Leninism.]

    Secrets of Communism (by any other
    name, the results are the same) *-(

    “There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in
    the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes
    to enslave men by force, socialism – by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.”
    — Ayn Rand

    ==

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  • pitbullgirl

    We the americans don’t count for snap ;; Obama nor anyone in the senate give a crap about the welfare of the americans we the people ;; all they care about is lining thier pockets w our hard earned money ;; the day will come that thier greed will get the best of them ;; My 2 yr old grandchild could do a better job in office then any of the greedy fruit cakes we have in there ;; sure take the money from the people n give it to the jerks that set on thier humps n reall do us no good

  • Sandy

    I thought Congress voted raises for themselves. Now Obama is the guy that makes those decisions? Is he giving Republicans a raise or do they have to kiss his ring to get one?

  • tek

    Isn’t this the guy who believes everyone has to have skin in the game?

  • Time

    Lifting the debt debt ceiling will only expedite this process faster and further. Imagine what will take place if the debt ceiling is unlimited, given to this man to do what he wants, when he wants ? No executive order required. I think at this time executive orders should be limited. We have a run away train of them, unlimited executive orders is a psychosis that is taken hold here people. How many orders have been written in recent years since he has taken office ? I think this is lunacy, writing executive orders for pay raises. These orders were meant to be used sparingly and not to be abused, written for anything under the sun, when you feel you can’t get your own way. He is way out of control, possibly on the psychosis edge. Is he taking medications ? Just saying folks, he is a bit irrational and radical these days, maybe unstable with all his crazy doings, executive insane, orders. This is clearly unstable, to go along with the many unstable things coming out of this house.

  • Hope Daniels

    Why shouldn’t’ they get a raise! They have worked hard. And, they don’t make have as much as most of the overpaid doctors in this country. And while we are at it…

    PLEASE ban guns. Before more babies die.

  • bigkahuna

    F&cking A$$hole !

  • bg

    ++

    Hope Daniels #24 December 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    infanticde we much??

    234 abortions per 1,000 live births (according
    to the Centers for Disease Control)
    Abortions per year: 1.2 million
    Abortions per day: 3,288
    Abortions per hour: 137
    9 abortions every 4 minutes
    1 abortion every 26 seconds

    ==

  • I wonder how much of a raise he gave to his bitch, Chris Matthews.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    PLEASE ban guns. Before more babies die.

    Can you do us all a favor and take a shower? Smearing the blood of the Newtown victims all over yourself is, to put it mildly, unseemly.

  • shadow

    THIS IS WHAT RAND PAUL IS TALKING ABOUT!!!!!

    Well then I have to presume he will turn his down … out of principle, if for no other reason. No?

  • L.E. Liesner

    Please, somebody show me where the President under Article II section 2 of the Constitution of the United States has the power to do this. As a (constitutional?) lawyer he should know that usurpation of power is an impeachable offense.

  • shadow

    How can the president or anyone raise wages, when ALL money matters for the government MUST start in the House. Does the constitution mean anything to anyone anymore?

    The raises were already established by law. Obama is the one who froze wages for two years. Who here has gone without a raise for two years?

  • shadow

    This is absurd. The Executive Branch can’t issue Executive Orders for the Legislative Branch. Only the Legislative Branch can’t set its salary.

    And they did. However, while the congress passed bills setting pay scales, the executive does the paying. Presidents can’t spend more than what is approved by congress, but they can surely spend less. Ronald Reagan, I’m looking in your direction.

  • shadow

    What the H is that about?!? Another slash attack upon the US Constitution by His Highness, Emperor Barack we-don’t-need-no-stinkin-constitution Obama.

    Who do you think froze salaries in the first place? You people are frighteningly mis-informed, beyond even your average Fox viewer.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Who here has gone without a raise for two years?

    I went for five years at my last job without one. Since I was able to rent a small apartment in a high cost-of-living area and still have a modest amount of money left over to bank, I didn’t complain about it, even at the tail end of that five years.

  • shadow

    I thought Congress voted raises for themselves.

    Actually, the raises are now automatic. They would have to vote to keep them from happening. I’ll just file this under the many things conservatives don’t know.

  • Hugh

    What an outrage and how utterly inappropriate. PIGS.

  • shadow

    I think at this time executive orders should be limited. We have a run away train of them, unlimited executive orders is a psychosis that is taken hold here people.

    How many EOs do you believe Obama has signed, and how do you think that compares to other presidents?

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    They would have to vote to keep them from happening.

    What’s mildly amusing is that Congress voted for those automatic pay raises in ’89.

    Sure is convenient to be able to avoid any political fallout by not broaching the subject…

  • shadow

    He is way out of control, possibly on the psychosis edge. Is he taking medications ? Just saying folks, he is a bit irrational and radical these days, maybe unstable with all his crazy doings, executive insane, orders.

    Somebody is in need of medication, but it is not the president.

  • Bart Roberts

    Readers, keep in mind..
    barry hussein soetoro soebarkah’s authority to issue this executive order, is
    that he’s a DICTATOR already!

    The entire congress, conservatives included, are committing high treason for not impeaching/removing this foreign-national usurper COMMUNIST DICTATOR!

    Keywords for the anti-American leftist search engines: blackmail, intimidation, murder

    Did I include BLACKMAIL?
    Well,
    in case I didn’t, here it is, liberal, commie search engines, BLACKMAIL!

    Off topic, but needs to be stated: Thank you, Midwest Jim, for not requiring readers to use the leftist, “big brother is watching,” disqus

    John Bartholomew Roberts

    Quote from Greenwolf70:
    “4 Dead in Benghazi while Cowards watched. 4 Dead in Benghazi while the Media hid. 4 Dead Heroes who died for those who do not care. 4 Dead in Benghazi and who will pay. 4 Dead in Benghazi and the cowards rule.”

  • FurryGuy

    #31 December 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm
    shadow commented:

    Who here has gone without a raise for two years?

    Me. Hard to get a raise when one can’t find work.

    And before you throw out the tired ol’ meme of “Bush’s Fault!” I was employed until mid-2009 when new regulations that Barry and the Dem-controlled Congress rammed through forced the companies I worked for/with to close.

    Take your rote recitations of Liberal talking points and shove them.

  • shadow

    I was employed until mid-2009 when new regulations that Barry and the Dem-controlled Congress rammed through forced the companies I worked for/with to close.

    And what new regulations would that be?

  • Dave

    I only wish I were as informed and intelligent as Shadow is. Try actually listening to him for once, please.

  • bg

    ++

    Dave #43 December 29, 2012 at 1:01 am

    shadow says be careful what you wish for..

    rotf 😆 mbo!!

    ==

  • mg

    End Communism now.
    Tar and feather a hack.

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  • FMB42

    It’s almost always the same with these politicians:

    When times are good, they deserve a pay raise.

    When times are bad, they deserve a pay raise.

    When times are neither good, nor bad, they…you got it…deserve a pay raise.

    When the US is just days away from going over a “fiscal cliff” they, of course, think they deserve a pay raise.

    Meanwhile, many of these politicians are paid their salaries for doing little other than to accept lobbyist’s money from special interests. They’re also, at the same time, often paid to accept campaign donations.

    Yep, paid to take money for themselves and their cohorts.

    Then there is the fact that they, in part, often pay little or nothing for living the lifestyles that they do.

    Must be nice huh? Spew a little propaganda here, spew a lot of propaganda there, accept money for lobbyists here, accept more money from lobbyists there. Wine and dine at our expense here, wine and dine at our expense there. Pay some Internet troll/multiple sock puppet groups here, pay some other Internet troll/multiple sock puppet groups there. Spew a little propaganda here, spew a lot of propaganda there….ad nauseum.

    And let’s not forget the time they spend enacting laws, rules, and regulations that apply to us, but not to them.

    Then we’re told by certain “individuals” that we can’t or shouldn’t mention these facts because “we don’t get it” or that we’re not “informed” (i.e. brainwashed by pro-government propaganda).

    Well, they’re right in in way, we “don’t get” to live like political royalty. We just get to pay for those that do.

  • Kissmygrits

    Meanwhile, SS gave us a $17 a month raise but MC went up $6 a month. I’m sure Zero will find a way to blame Rs for the pay raise he allowed to fed workers. There’s always a method to their madness and he wouldn’t hesitate to throw Reid and Piglosi under a big bus if he had to try and save his own azz.

  • jainphx

    What evil lurks in the minds and hearts of men? The shadow knows! Blow it out your ditty bag.

  • Tcircle

    The United States of Detroit! Sounds about right…

  • Les

    Vengence is mine,I will repay saith the Lord! Both political parties will have their time,in the lake of fire!!

  • gsrider

    @shadow
    You really are a good little troll, the best I’ve seen, always ready to defend your precious progressive liberal government and the puppets in the media and label all dissenters as Fox news watching idiots.
    One day soon we will all meet in the room where there is no darkness and your puny defenses of an out of control government won’t be of any help to you, we will meet and the only difference between the two of us will be that I never sold my soul for for a failed and deadly ideology.
    Carry on commie freak.

  • Dave

    @gsrider a good little troll…I do not think that means what you think it means. No, Shadow isn’t trolling you, rather you all are the trolls. An entire message board full of trolls, it’s no wonder intelligent debate rarely emerges. Shadow is actually attempting to inform you and engage you in a meaningful discussion, but when presented with facts, you would prefer to ignore him, berate him, or launch into some meaningless diatribe about the supposed day of reckoning which will never come.

  • gsrider

    That day of reckoning is here. Carry on commie freak.

  • gsrider

    “I only wish I was as intelligent and as informed as Shadow”. ?

    Pathetic commie troll.

  • Patty

    Obama Orders Pay Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-orders-raise-biden-members-congress-federal-workers_692223.html

    While my friend hasn’t any contract for over 12 months and puts their life on the line everyday.

  • BarbaraS

    obama just nullified congress.

  • BarbaraS

    Congress put a freeze on wages and he cavalierly takes it off. They fail to pass a bill. He issues an excutive order implementing it. He is fast becoming a petty dictator. He is ruling us through executive orders. Where are the people suing this sort of thing although with John Roberts in his pocket his orders would be overturned.

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  • AuntieMadder

    He’s trying to start some chit.

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