President Barack Obama, in a show of solidarity, has decided to give 5% of his personal salary to the U.S. Treasury. This, of course, is being done in regards to federal workers being affected by recent spending cuts in the government. In case you’re not aware of how much money it is that the POTUS is personally giving up, it’s about $20,000 a year out of his $400,000 annual salary. While that doesn’t seem like a lot of money, it equals about a full year’s salary to many Americans.
Naturally there are naysayers (as there always are when it comes to anything the POTUS or his camp does), but the fact remains that he appears to be the only active politician at this time that is making any gesture of this nature. So yes, it’s easy to sit in front of a computer, or even a camera, and negate his actions as nothing more than a so called publicity stunt, but what are you doing? What are members of congress doing?
President Barack Obama is setting an example right now, and he’s not even the richest politician in Washington, D.C. Where is John Boehner’s contribution to the U.S. Treasury? Where is Paul Ryan’s or any of the other far right idols that appear to do nothing more but talk, talk, talk, against the rights and liberties of others?
Republicans in general are probably trying to stay out of the spotlight after this, especially regarding their general tendency to lean toward austerity, but that doesn’t mean democrats are exempt from a wagging finger. Harry Reid is one of the richest politicians in America, and he could sure as hell stand to give a couple grand per month to the Treasury. Hell, while they’re all at it, why not pitch in to help knock the deficit down a few hundred grand?