Obama's fiscal cliff solution? Federal pay raises!

President Obama returned to Washington yesterday from his $4 million Hawaiian vacation to solve the fiscal cliff crisis. His first move? Signing an executive order lifting the pay freeze on federal employees. Priorities, baby!

It’s true! Gosh-darn it, Joe Biden’s really hurting:

President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.

According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he’ll now make $231,900 per year.

Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a little bump, as their annual salary will go from $174,000 to 174,900. Leadership in Congress, including the speaker of the House, will likewise get an increase.

Many taxpayers are less than relieved to know that federal employees will be “doing just fine” while the rest of us are footing an even bigger bill:

It has been over three and a half years

Happy New Year, kids.

(Hat tip: Jeryl Bier)

  • LadyMacKeltar

    Instead of working on a budget, they get pay raises for not doing their jobs, while we get tax increases. The President is surely spreading the wealth.

  • JerseyJoe

    Obama spends money worse than MC Hammer….

  • stuckinIL4now

    Wait, I thought that fed workers (and I use “workers” loosely) were all uneasy about losing their jobs last week and now they’re getting raises? Obamuh won’t be leaving a $20,000,000,000,000 deficit when he leaves office, it’ll be more like doubled to $32,000,000,000,000. I will never write the shortcut “trillion” but will always spell out the 12 zeroes.

    • Tracey Grimes

      my husband and all of his blue collar federally employed friends would probably be highly insulted that you use the word “workers” loosely…..these guys bust their asses……and like most blue collar “workers” get little to no respect for what they do…….it is almost always a mistake to make negative judgements about entire groups of people by just lumping them all together.

  • http://twitter.com/conservag Aaron

    Seeing Joe Biden get a raise amidst all this nonsense is hysterical.

    I feel like a small shop owner in the Sopranos and Paulie Walnuts is telling me that I need to “pay my fair share” to help line Tony Soprano’s pockets.

  • Dan Thorpe

    Another stunning example on why I think Obama is a complete idiot

    • Jazzee

      yes he is a complete idiot
      raises???? wow for worthless gov employees and congress

  • BobMack

    Does this include the military ?

    • http://WestValleyGreenHomes.com/ Eric Johnson

      No, they are getting a 1.7% raise in the Defense Dept bill.

  • John Peterson

    obama was heard saying “Well I had no choice, these people are being taxed to dea..Oh wait”

  • Jack Deth

    With unions being up to 41% of the federal workforce. There appears to be some awkwardly appeasing and appealing method to Obama’s madness.

    • Jazzee

      check out what the national relations board plans to do for the thug UNIONS more jobs destroyed……
      4 more yrs of this mentally ill obama God help us……he is hell bent on destroying the USA

  • conservativechick

    I’m still in shock over the fact that federal employees got Christmas Eve off as another paid holiday at the last minute!

    • Jazzee

      hmmmm pays to be a gov employee eh?

  • nc

    Just shorin’ up the troops…

  • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

    Thus sayeth Obumbler: “Let them eat cake.”

  • http://twitter.com/dialville Elizabeth Burtch

    Obama is trying to buy his support.He thinks a raise will override his inept ability to act like a President

    • C_W_W

      He had to buy votes to get re-elected…now, he has to buy votes to get anything done.

  • http://twitter.com/dialville Elizabeth Burtch

    Wonder what part of balanced budget or deficit Obama doesn’t understand?

  • C_W_W

    So, will the Democrat’s “Tax the Evil Rich Bastards plan” even cover their own pay raises to themselves?

  • http://navalwarfare.blogspot.com/ Libertyship46

    This makes perfect sense. Keep more people dependent on big-paying government jobs and they will keep voting for the people who want to always expand the Federal government. And who might those people be? Why the Democrats, silly. Increase the number of people who either get a pay check from the government or a benefit check from the government, and you will always stay in power, just like the liberals in England. Oh sure, you may have the odd conservative come into power every now and then, but a Conservative these days in England is just a person who spends a little less money than a liberal. The days of Margaret Thatcher are long gone.

  • Tracey Grimes

    i understand all the frustration, but elected officials are not ‘typical’ federal employees….my husband is an electrician and this three year pay freeze hasn’t been easy….i’m sorry that everyone is pissed, but quite frankly i’m thrilled

  • alexz

    What? Just 5 grand for brother Biden and less than a grand for the gang? This is an insult!