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Sacrifice: Obama, Holder, Kerry give back 5 percent of their salaries in solidarity with furloughed federal workers

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By Doug Powers  •  April 6, 2013 05:13 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

If you’re wondering, no, the money isn’t going towards restoring White House tours. This is a symbol of solidarity with federal employees, not school kids.

From Bloomberg News:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew and Attorney General Eric Holder today followed President Barack Obama’s decision to refuse a portion of his salary to show solidarity with furloughed government workers.

Obama will send a check to the Treasury for 5 percent of his $400,000 annual salary each month federal employees are forced to take unpaid leave because of across-the-board budget cuts under a process known as sequestration, a White House official said yesterday.

Kerry will donate 5 percent of his pay to “an appropriate charity that will benefit employees of the State Department,” Victoria Nuland, the department spokeswoman, said today.

Lew’s office said he would donate an unspecified amount of his salary to charity.

Everybody then looked at Joe Biden, who just started whistling and slowly walking away.

Kerry’s voluntary cut was 5 percent of his government salary, not his total annual haul. He’s not about to show that much solidarity.

Obama, Kerry, et al say they’re taking voluntary cuts to show empathize with furloughed federal employees, because to show proper solidarity with the rest of America would cost them way too much (they’d have to take a 5.7 percent cut from their overall incomes as a matter of fact). And forget about them making any real effort to show voluntary financial solidarity with the involuntary debt of every American:

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