So, here we are , in the middle of a sequester, which is predicted to last a decade. Obama has cut services to our Armed Forces, and other necessary government functions, in a macabre effort to make his own suggestion, sequestration, as painful to average Americans as possible, in order to (in his egocentric mind) garner popularity for his Tax and Spend Economic Policies.
TheHill.com reports that
President Obama warned Saturday that automatic spending cuts known as the sequester threaten to stifle the surge in job growth the nation saw in February.
Switching from the adversarial tone he has used to pressure Republican leaders in recent weeks, the president appealed to what he called the vision both parties share for the country.
“As Democrats and Republicans, we may disagree on the best way to achieve our goals, but I’m confident we can agree on what those goals should be,” Obama said in his weekly address.
He cited a vibrant middle class, an education system that gives more workers the skills to compete in the job market, a reformed immigration system and “safer streets for our children,” a veiled reference to gun-violence reforms.
Obama acknowledged that progress on these issues “won’t be easy,” but sounded an optimistic tone.
“I still believe that compromise is possible. I still believe we can come together to do big things. And I know there are leaders on the other side who share that belief,” he said.
The president touted the February jobs report from the Labor Department showing the economy grew by 236,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent.
Wall Street analysts had predicted a job spurt between 150,000 and 160,000. In response, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 67 points on Friday to close at an all-time high.
Obama noted the unemployment rate is now lower than when he took office after businesses created 6.4 million jobs over the past three years.
But he warned partisan battles in Washington could disrupt the recovery:
“The last thing we should do is allow Washington politics to get in the way,” he said. “You deserve better than the same political gridlock and refusal to compromise that has too often passed for serious debate over the last few years.”
He touted his recent outreach to Republicans, including a dinner with a dozen senators at the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Washington on Wednesday.
He said the group discussed “smarter ways to grow our economy and reduce our deficits than the arbitrary cuts of the so-called ‘sequester’ that recently went into place.”
Average Americans’ jobs are not coming back any time soon, under this Administration’s Failed Economic Policy.
However, Obama’s staff is doing just fine, thankyaverymuch.
The latest 2012 salary figures released by the White House show 20 staffers were making the maximum $172,200. Many of them are well-known President Obama aides, including Press Secretary Jay Carney and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Most carry the title of “assistant to the president.”
But underneath them are dozens of “deputy” assistants and “special” assistants to the president, most making six-figure salaries — like the climate change advisers. A review of the 2012 salaries by FoxNews.com shows 139 White House staffers making $100,000 or more.
The White House often attracts top-tier lawyers, bankers, security experts and others who were making far more in the private sector. Any administration wants to offer good money in order to lure the right people into — or back into — public service.
But the payroll under the Obama White House has expanded since the Bush administration. The payroll went from $33 million in 2008 to $39 million in 2009. Since then, the Obama administration has scaled back its White House staff expenses, but the payroll was still at $37.8 million in 2012.
There are two more employees making the maximum salary now than in the final year of the Bush administration. Two ethics advisers each make close to $140,000.
The chief calligrapher makes $96,725. Another calligrapher makes over $94,000, while another makes close to $86,000.
On Friday, White House Deputy Press Secretary John Earnest said the White House will be affected by the sequester much like other agencies — and in some capacity will impose furloughs.
“We’re also faced with making some tough decisions when it comes to ongoing projects, when it comes to purchasing equipment and supplies. But we’re also a pretty personnel-heavy agency, if you will. So that means … there will be employees of components who work here at the White House that will be facing pay cuts, that will be facing furloughs,” he said.
Hey…no worries in the Former “People’s House”…the Obamas are not about to let poor stewardship of our nation’s economy and a minor problem like average Americans struggling to survive, stand in the way of a good par-tay!
According to Ben Shapiro, in an article, posted on Breitbart.com,
The same week that President Obama’s administration announced that due to sequestration, White House tours would be cancelled, sources at the White House announced that it would be hosting megastars Adele and Beyonce at Michelle’s 50th birthday party next year. “America’s First Lady will be holding a huge celebrity-packed party for her birthday at the White House next year and, as she adores Adele and Beyonce, she has asked them both to sing,” the source told the UK Daily Mail. The source did say that “The Obamas will pay Adele’s expenses as it’s a private party, not a State one.”
But will they pay all the expenses of the party? Security arrangements? Food? Cleanup? White House parties are expensive affairs.
It’s obvious that the White House’s priorities don’t lie with the people. They lie with the personal party predilections of the Obamas.
While the Secret Service protection during White House tours costs some $74,000 per week – the cost the White House brags it is saving on the cancelled tours — Air Force One costs $175,750 per flight hour, not including pilots, airmen, and Secret Service. (Some sources say the cost for the tours is $18,000 per week.) Obama has taken several pricey jaunts to locations including, most recently, Florida in the past few months. And those parties at the White House? They certainly cost a fair bit of money, but we’ll never hear how much; as the Washington Post put it back in 2012, “getting a straight answer about the cost of any White House party is almost impossible.”
There is little chance that the taxpayers will not foot some of the expense of Mrs. Obama’s magical 50th. And there is no chance that the “people’s house” will be open to the “people” nearly as much as it is to the Obamas’ celebrity superfriends in coming weeks.
As I’ve written before:
OUR Income = HIS Revenue
Let them eat arugula!
Until He Comes,