Who got a raise last year?

@laglen (19782)
United States
November 13, 2010 9:17am CST
74% of White House staffers did. Even after Obama said on his first day there would be no raises for anybody making over $100,000. [i] White House's 2009 and 2010 salary reports, 253—or 74%—got raises in 2010. And among that lucky overwhelming majority, the average raise was 9%. And plenty of people making more than $100,000 a year did get a raise as long as a title change came with it.[/i] ok, how does that compare with the rest of us? According to Hewitt Associates, a compensation tracking firm, executives pay increased 2,4%. further more, most companies do reward their employees with yearly raises but last year, most did not. More proof that Obama is out of touch?
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
13 Nov 10
In all fairness this is something I'll have to research. The Obama Administration has apparently released a statement saying that nobody recieved raises larger than 3% and most of the raises mentioned in the article where you got your information are raises that came with promotions of staff to different jobs. Don't get me wrong though, NONE of these people needed raises even with a change in job responsibilities. They are all well paid and many were filthy rich even before he hired them. I wish he would have done what McCain promised and had people working for a dollar since they are already rich enough that they don't need a salary.
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• United States
13 Nov 10
Rich or not.. I sincerely doubt anyone on earth would work for practically nothing! If I were rich and wanted to basically volunteer my time.. I'd go do something I actually enjoyed like work for an animal shelter or something.. not work for the government for a dollar! However.. getting all the rich people to quit and then hiring a new staff at a lower salary for those positions would probably help the budget immensly.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
13 Nov 10
That was just the point. The vast majority of the people in these positions are filthy rich before they even start. We need people who want to do this job as a public service, not to pad their swollen bank accounts.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
14 Nov 10
kat - this is their past time, like your might be animals, theirs is politics. Taskr, let me know what you find.
@mattic (282)
• United States
13 Nov 10
Govermment employment is the largest "welfare" program in the US. This is further evidence of the ruling class elitism of not only the elected officials, but of government employees in general. Is this the beginning of the domestic army Obama said he would build?
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
13 Nov 10
good point and it just may be that! I just really think that our tax money funded things like this should reflect the citizenry
• United States
13 Nov 10
Federal government maybe... however for our particular state there has been talks about severely cutting hours of government workers. There were talks about forcing them to work only a 4 day work week in order to cut costs, as the workers would not be paid for a 5th day. I personally think something like this would hurt us more than help... sure it would save the state money, but what about the community who needs government workers to be on duty? What would this mean for the already backed up and understaffed social services department? I'm sure you could imagine the posibilities.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
14 Nov 10
our local governments are all taking 1 furlough day per month and it really hasnt made that much if a difference,
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
13 Nov 10
No job, no money, no Social Security widow's benefit increase. Obama is completely IN touch with his and George Soros' agenda to destroy America and relegate us to his dominion as a third world country, robbing every American of his livelihood, hard earned money, and freedom.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
14 Nov 10
the proof is in the pay raise
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
13 Nov 10
My husband no longer gets raises.. his store can't afford for him to. The employee's salaries come directly out of the store's revenue.. and hubby makes almost as much as his boss does (because he negotiated well when he was promoted and then demoted again). For a few years he was getting a raise of 25 cents an hour.. but now they just cannot afford for him to get a raise unless the store grows dramatically or he moves to a store with more customers. He probably will not move to a new store.. as his current store is 15 minutes from our home (at one point he worked 2 hours from home.. with the same company). However he is always on the look out for a new job with decent hours and better pay. That's tough though.. he currently works 50 hours a week (mandatory and guaranteed) so he gets that 10 hours of overtime. Any other job he gets is typically 40 hours so even if the pay rate is higher.. the pay check won't be because of the loss of overtime.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
14 Nov 10
yeah I can see why he hangs in to that
• United States
13 Nov 10
It is very obvious that that is how he gets his loyalty(??) and support from his staff. He is bribing them with salary increases, fancy titles (not worth a crap) but supports the pay increase. As far as I know they do not even have to accept Obamacare. However if I am wrong on that point I am sure Obama fans will correct me.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
14 Nov 10
we shall see, but I think your right
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
13 Nov 10
"Politicians as a class are dangerous, that people who are seeking power over us are not, by definition, our friends." James Bovard. It's sad to say but we just can't trust politicians. Politics isn't transparent. Sure we are told the press is there to control the whole political system and to an extent they successfully do but we can't do anything about dishonest politicians. Yes you can not vote for that party next time or something like that but the other party, no matter what country, is also dishonest.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
13 Nov 10
I love your quote! I agree with your assessment