Sharing In The Sacrifice

By Chandrashekar (Chandra) Tamirisa, (On Twitter) @c_tamirisa

Flattr this

President Barack Obama, commiserating with the federal workers facing furloughs, is taking a pay cut of 5% to share in the sacrifice of the sequester. He wrote a check for $20,000 – or 5% of the $400,000 he gets paid annually by the tax payer to be president – to the US Treasury.

The president needs to shrink White House budget by 5% and furlough some workers. Instead he, without White House furloughs, is making a symbolic payment to signal that he is sharing in the pain of some federal workers not receiving pay for a few days.

The symbolism and political histrionics aside, it seems as though the president forgot what it means to be president: there should not have been a sequester to begin with had he and the Congress been on the job.

Mr President, the country needs leadership to fix its budget woes, not a $20,000 check to the US Treasury.

United States Department of the Treasury must return to the president his uncashed $20,000 check.


About Chandrashekar (Chandra) Tamirisa
This entry was posted in Politics and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s