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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:57 PM
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Obama freezes salaries of some White House aides
Obama freezes salaries of some White House aides

By JENNIFER LOVEN
AP White House Correspondent


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's first public act in office Wednesday was to institute new limits on lobbyists in his White House and to freeze the salaries of high-paid aides, in a nod to the country's economic turmoil.

Announcing the moves while attending a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to swear in his staff, Obama said the steps "represent a clean break from business as usual."

The pay freeze, first reported by The Associated Press, would hold salaries at their current levels for the roughly 100 White House employees who make over $100,000 a year. "Families are tightening their belts, and so should Washington," said the new president, taking office amid startlingly bad economic times that many fear will grow worse.

Those affected by the freeze include the high-profile jobs of White House chief of staff, national security adviser and press secretary. Other aides who work in relative anonymity also would fit into that cap if Obama follows a structure similar to the one George W. Bush set up.

Obama's new lobbying rules will not only ban aides from trying to influence the administration when they leave his staff. Those already hired will be banned from working on matters they have previously lobbied on, or to approach agencies that they once targeted.

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devilgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:58 PM
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1. How will those aides put food on their families?
eom
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:01 PM
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2. Silly. He'll just grow the pie higher...
Right after their wings take dreams.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:01 PM
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3. You're going to miss idiot son, aren't you.
:D
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:03 PM
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4. We all are, babylonsister...
I suppose that's why we're seeing so many mock-rage threads today... I love it! I hope the Freepers are paying attention! I'm sure this is confusing their little minds :)
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kcks Donating Member (81 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:03 PM
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5. I think
he should recommend that Congress vote on not taking automatic pay raise.
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Ocracoker16 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:39 PM
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6. "clean break from business as usual"
I am happy to see Obama introduce this pay freeze. I realize that this is only the beginning of the reformation of Washington. For the first day, this is a good accomplishment.
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