Priorities: On Eve Of Fiscal Cliff, Obama Orders $11 Billion In Federal Payraises


The nation’s finances are a mess. The budget deficit looks like it will be over $1 trillion for a fifth consecutive year. Incoming Senate Democrats, who haven’t passed a budget since 2009, have already said that they won’t bother to pass a budget in 2013 either. The President and Congress are locked in heated negotiations over the “fiscal cliff.”

So why not order $11 billion in pay raises for federal employees who are already much better off than their private sector counterparts?

According to a senior Republican congressional aide who has reviewed the executive order and consulted with the Congressional Budget Office, Obama’s pay raise will cost $11 billion. “The CBO told us that the President’s pay raise for federal workers will cost $11 billion over ten years,” says the aide.
The aide explains, “On the cost-estimate, CBO says the (discretionary) cost of the .5% pay-hike the President is calling for in the Exec Order – relative to a freeze – is about $500m in FY 2013 and $11 billion over the ten years from FY 13 – FY 22. The reason why the FY ’13 savings is only $500 million is because the pay hike as proposed by the President’s Exec Order would not go into effect until April 1st, 2013 – when the current CR expires. So it only covers half the fiscal year. The annualized cost of the pay hike is about $1 billion/year.”

One almost gets the idea that President Obama isn’t really all that serious about moving the country toward a position of fiscal discipline.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Neiman

    I am beginning to really hate his use of Executive Orders to rule by decree, he has all the signs of a Chavez in the making – a petty dictator.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      What was your first clue?

    • Goon

      I am not sure who he slipped this one by since he didn’t go through the congress… Wait, what? Never mind.

  • Thresherman

    In 2010 Obama gave Federal employees a raise and then ordered a 2 year freeze saying at the time, “The hard truth is that getting this deficit under control requires some sacrifice, and that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal
    government,”. Well the deficit is several trillion higher now than when he made that statement so I guess the Federal employees have sacrificed enough.

  • sbark

    11 billion……75%….basically money laundered back to the DNC in the form of contributions from Govt Public Union.

    • $8194357

      DC is corrupt to the core.

      • sbark

        …..because more and more, its apparent Public Unions are the driving force. Obama’s stimulus was routed by and large thru Public unions or the likes of Education where 75% is money laundered to the DNC or Union upper mngt………
        ….We’ve waited too long…..

        • $8194357

          ….We’ve waited too long…..
          I fear your right.
          I have been sounding the alarm for over 20 years but to no avail as it went out to deaf ears.
          The communists started the unions and organized crime took over the structures. Democratic politicians are fool tools to coruption.
          The systems date back to at least 1400 years ago as they mimick the islamic caliphates taqiyya and jizya systems or structures…
          Pay it forward and pay it upward….
          Demonic in origin and intent, IMO..

  • yy4u2

    Reminds me of my youth and Mad magazine. Yep, they feel our pain.

    • banjo kid

      Thanks I will use it on my email stationary and yes I use stationary .

    • $8194357

      What me worry?
      The script was written long ago…

  • banjo kid

    I would not mind it if the $11 billion would go to our service men and women. That would have been a great Christmas present for them . greedy is as greedy does .

  • $8194357

    What a jackass..

  • silverstreak

    What’s strange about this?
    Whenever I find myself up to my a$$ in debt.
    The first thing I do is go out and max out my credit cards.
    If that doesn’t improve my debt situation then I overdraw my checking account.
    Then…for good measure I buy a new car or take an expensive vacation and pretty soon I have spent myself into prosperity.
    Just like the government!
    Then…I demand a pay raise from my boss because everybody knows he isn’t paying his fair share to me.
    See…how easy it is to become rich. lol

  • awfulorv

    This just in…The Orange County Citrus has awarded the Derp of the year award to voters who re-elected Barack H. Obama President. They cast their X’s despite clear indications, over a four year period, that the man lacks the common sense to throw piss out of a window.

    • awfulorv

      And, or, a Boot…

  • awfulorv

    Does anyone know whether a pair of Ski’s will be sufficient for use on the financial cliff, or will we need something more exotic, like parachutes, or hang gliders?

  • mark

    and they (our once great government) wonders why we dont vote, don’t contact our legislators. they simply dont get it.

  • ndoldman

    Looks like the rinos bent over and took it dry, extand the tax RATES for those making under 450000 but thanks to obummer care we all get a 4.8% increase any way so much for not raising taxes on the middle class, what a joke.