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Thread: The FIRST most obvious sign of the PROBLEM!

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    The FIRST most obvious sign of the PROBLEM!

    President Barack Obama earns a base salary of $400,000 per year. He is also given a few nice bonuses like an annual expense account, a travel account and an entertainment stipend. These fringe benefits bring the Presidentís total salary to over $550,000 each year.

    http://www.celebritynetworth.com/art...resident-make/

    There can be NO rational explanation for this


    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/...er_654564.html


    And a broken system only gets worse from here, Can we the people please get together and reform this insanity?



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    I don't mind that salary for President. It's a stressful job, and you're always the enemy to half the population.

    My issue is the lobbyist influence in politics in general. I imagine there are senators who are making 10x that after you consider the money "donated to their campaign" by lobbyists...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    I don't mind that salary for President. It's a stressful job, and you're always the enemy to half the population.

    My issue is the lobbyist influence in politics in general. I imagine there are senators who are making 10x that after you consider the money "donated to their campaign" by lobbyists...
    Didn't even read the second link did ya?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoFinz View Post
    Didn't even read the second link did ya?

    That link described contributions made to their campaigns. I'm not so naive as to think every penny goes to the campaign, but that's a different animal than the literal salary a sitting President receives...
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    The bigger problem is the other link, we should have publicly financed elections. It's crazy how much they are spending for our vote.
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    I'm more concerned about what politicians make after they leave. Especially individuals who are in charge of regulating an industry, and then getting hired by that industry after leaving their position. Politicians getting paid on the back end is way more costly to our nation than a $550,000 salary.

    In regards to the $550,000...we are talking about probably the most stressful job you can have in the world. $550,000 (which includes benefits) is not an outrageous amount by any means. I mean you are almost working around the clock 365 days a year. Even when you're on "vacation" you still need to be briefed, and you're still making decisions. You need security the rest of your life. I just did a quick google search...there have been 20 assasination attempts, 4 killed presidents, and 2 injured. I believe Obama is the 44th President. So that means a little less than 10% of our Presidents have been killed. Talk about hazard pay lol
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    I'm not even sure what you're advocating. If you're suggesting it be less then I think you're crazy. Marlon Moore has a higher base salary than the President of the United States.

    As far as election spending; yes, it's a lot of money that could be put to otherwise more useful things, & it puts politicians in a position where they need to borrow money from corporations, & in effect be sort of a slave to their interests. Don't know how you fix it though. If you say corporations can't donate then private citizens who own the corporations will donate. If you don't let anybody donate, then only the wealthiest politicians have a reasonable chance at winning. Not sure what the solution would be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob19 View Post
    Marlon Moore has a higher base salary than the President of the United States.


    Post/point of the day. Maybe the week.

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    Looks like I'm gonna need a lot more spoons than i first thought
    I agree. It's got to be hard shoveling bull**** with something that small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWalrus View Post


    Post/point of the day. Maybe the week.

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    I agree. It's got to be hard shoveling bull**** with something that small.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MoFinz View Post
    That's not what your mom says Did ya ever find out what salting means in union speak?
    So you're saying you have a small dick? Figures.

    Nope, still don't know what salting is. And don't care. That was like four or five dumps ago.
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