|Let them eat ice cream!|
The President’s intransigence with regard to making the sequester budget cuts* as painful as possible for John Q. Publick when he has existing latitude to target so called cuts, and a House that wishes to give him even more latitude to target waste rather than weal is pretty pathetic. It is also old news.
In order to shame Congress into action, action which includes cutting their own pay, he’s decided to give back 5% of his presidential salary. Furthermore, his buddy John Kerry is going to be doing the same. Even Hagel is getting into the act. Holder too!
They’re doing this because congressional, along with their salaries are immune to the sequester. They’re giving back to look good and to shame Congress into action, as Republicans are shameable.
The action on he part of the executive branch is both symbolic, and a joke because all of these individuals (except maybe Holder) are wealthy. Their government salaries are a trivial portion of their net worth.
On the other hand, there are a number of congressmen and women who are not as fortunate to have written a book that political action committees buy en masse, marry a rich wife or two, or make a fortune founding a company. Indeed, one fifth of 112th congressional freshmen slept in their offices.
Dr. J. has long believed that our politicians are underpaid. Dr. J. can’t afford to be a congressman, nor can a number of good citizens who would make a positive impact on Washington. Instead, we’re stuck with hucksters and trustafarians.
In other words, this meaningless gesture on behalf of the president and his minions is not only insulting it demonstrates the pathetic aristocratic oligarchy our government is evolving into.