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Why does Obama want to freeze the salaries of federal employees for 2 years?

Wouldn't that be counterproductive to economic recovery? The government should be contributing money to the recovery, rather than removing it ...


Asked by tasches at 2:04 PM on Dec. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The idea is to bring the federal deficit under control.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:05 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • No. The private sector has suffered multiple pay freezes and salary rollbacks throughout the past two years. Federal employees aren't immune to the effects of recession.

    I agree with Obama...and a snowball just rolled through Hell unmelted.

    Answer by lovinangels at 2:07 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • Federal employees have benefited through cost-of-living raises and rasies based on job performance while the rest of us have had frozen salaries, reduced salaries, benefit cuts, and lay-offs. Why should federal employees be immune to what the rest of us are going through?

    Answer by specialwingz at 2:12 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • Are you kidding? Do you know what those people make? And do you know where their pay comes from? Our Tax dollars. What helps the economy is that Tax money going in to helping recover the economy, creating jobs, helping with unemployment and other needed benefits for those in need rather than letting already overpaid gov. employees have a raise...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 2:09 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • You mean your idea would be to give everyone a big fat raise so they could go out and spend it? Sounds good but how many companies can afford to stay in business if they did that. Individuals are not the only ones who are skimping to stay afloat. Not to mention the fact that non federal workers are th eones who pay the federal workers saleries.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 2:36 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • I think it should be all across the board, not just federal workers. Starting with Obama, then congress and so on.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:09 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • One problem is that there are many govt employees that aren't drawing the big salaries and the ones that draw the most..Congress and the President aren't having a dime cut. This means it's okay for the guy that cleans the toilets at the White House to have his wages frozen while it isn't okay for the the boss to have his frozen too.

    So true most in Congress and our current President were already millionaires when they took office they could stand to take a pay cut. I think they should not be paid when they leave office or recieve any benefits once they leave office wonder how much that would save us?


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:08 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • Why is he doing alot of the BS he is doing? Don"t know.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:06 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • and if all the government workers got big raises people would complain about that too.

    Answer by sue118 at 2:07 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • I absolutely agree with Obama on this one. He's not taking money away from them, he's just not giving them a raise. That money can be better used elsewhere. I haven't gotten a raise in 4 years, and in this economy, I think those of us lucky enough to have a job should all tighten our belts a little bit for the greater good...

    And now I'm going to marvel a little more at lovinangels agreeing with Obama on something, heh (all in good fun!)

    Answer by Anouck at 2:40 PM on Dec. 1, 2010