Shared Sacrifice? White House Staffers Got A Nice Pay Raise

Yesterday, Sen. Harry Reid called (yet again) for shared sacrifice, and filed a cloture motion for SB 1323.

Basically, the bill is a ‘shared sacrifice’ bill that only asks million plus earners to sacrifice.  Half our lawmakers make more than that.  It also harps on nameless company CFOs who’s pay increased last year, allegedly, by 19%.

On Facebook I pointed out that over the past decade the Senate pay had increased nearly 19% in salary alone.  This does not include petty cash, annual stipends, benefits, car and housing allowances, and other perks.

At the time the AIG bonus scandal was happening, Congress had voted themselves monetary increases that were literally double the AIG bonuses.  I interviewed Harry Reid during that time, and he refused to address it in the call.

I’ve also pointed out in the past that members of Congress saw their wealth grow by 16% between 2008 and 2009.

Now we are learning that the White House gave a nice pay raise to their staffers while preaching ‘shared sacrifice.’


Of the 270 White House staffers who have been there for more than a year, 146—or 54%—received raises. The average salary increase was 8%. If you look at only staffers who got raises, the average increase was twice that.

Just so we’re clear … 19% increase in private sector = bad.  16% increase in White House = good.

The article goes over the numbers for the increases given last year as well.


Posted on July 6, 2011, in Big Government, Dumbassery, Politics and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Shared Sacrifice? White House Staffers Got A Nice Pay Raise.

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