** Obama Orders Pay Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers
despite fiscal cliff.
It's December 31st, 2012 . Nothing new has come out of Washington D.C. . I had a gut feeling that when President Obama went on 'vacation' just right during the most crucial part of the fiscal negotiation that it spelled bad news . The President did not really care since the cliff is all he needs to increase taxes on everyone . The Republican's just wimpier about , as if paralyzed to the point of suspicion . Senators were "very, very close" to a deal, having worked out an agreement on taxes, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday afternoon. But the House of Representatives won't vote on any plans to avert the fiscal cliff on Monday, leaders have told members. But Obama did not sound hopeful a deal was imminent, saying he expected to remain at the White House for New Year's Eve as a midnight deadline neared. This entire dispute is over who bears the burden of funding a runaway, gerrymandered corrupt Government which only answers to the rich. The rich want not only to run the show but to fund it on the backs of the peasants. We have all heard the blame game , the finger pointing going on between Senators of both parties . How they lie to the public is outrageous . They are working together secretly behind the sidelines . They want to raise taxes on us all because our nation is fiscally bankrupt . The very fact that it is an issue demonstrates that the US has no functioning representative government. Our elected representatives are using politics to further tilt the playing field in favor of the wealthy, who have been growing in wealth and favor for 30 years already. There is so much corruption in our government it is becoming hard to believe it can ever be corrected. Was the Iraq war about helping private oil companies secure new sources of oil, or was it about using some of the weapons of the military industrial complex to show the need we have for them? Why won’t the government break up the biggest (too big to fail) banks for our safety? Why are so many large corporations allowed to pay zero income tax? How can the country allow the super wealthy to spend as much as they please influencing our elections? It is madness all around. anticorruptionact.org and some others suggest reform, but will lawmakers ever kill their golden goose? How did Occupy Wall Street die out? That is exactly what we will need to do on a larger and larger scale if we the people, the workers, are to have any chance at a fair deal with the wealthy and powerful. I pray for integrity and honesty to rise up and meet these challenges of corruption, but will any statesman like elected officials ever step up to the plate? Bernie Sanders, Vermont senator, has many sensible ideas but no one supports him or them. Worst of all, the candidates who will do the bidding of the rich are elected by voters who are poor and quite unintelligent. The rural red states have given us a Congress that won’t raise taxes on millionaires who are paying historically low taxes. Do they still believe in trickle down and job creators despite abundant evidence to the contrary? Health insurance is so screwed up I cannot imagine why we won’t switch to government single payer, except for the greed of the wealthy and the lawmakers. If we are too stupid to vote them out, I guess we’ll get what we deserve.
NOTES AND COMMENTS:
** 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.
Here's the list of new wages, as attached to President Obama's executive order:
HAPPY NEW YEAR ! 2013.