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President Obama will reportedly return 5 percent of his salary each month to the Treasury out of a desire to share in the sacrifice that government employees are making. Are you either impressed or inspired?

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animal

Apr-04-13 7:30 AM

What a joke! 5% won't even cover what it costs the tax payers for one of his dozens of trips to play golf on the islands!

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namexxx

Apr-04-13 8:19 AM

Every month -- George Bush and Dick Cheney should return 5% of the money they wasted on fake wars and bank bail-outs.

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minreader

Apr-04-13 8:55 AM

The unemployment claims rose to it's highest in four months!! Now this idiot is going to give 5% back WOW!!! The only thing the would impress me is for obama is to admit that he is not a American born citizen, and resign. To namexxx check your compass on the bank bail-outs. Don't forget all of the democrates that voted to go to war.

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disgusted

Apr-04-13 9:13 AM

I would have been impressed if he had done that back in 2009. I would have been more impressed if he had stopped all of the lavish vacations for his family back in 2001. This, not so much.

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minreader

Apr-04-13 9:20 AM

billg...stick with the facts and interesting comments, and not childish name calling.

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centerfield

Apr-04-13 9:31 AM

I was kinda expecting a question on the Enbridge pipeline disaster in Arkansas this week than on this topic. Interesting that the MDN is not carrying even a news article on the tar sand spill. Maybe a follow-up article on the spill in Michigan three years ago would also be interesting. You know, the one that still is not cleaned up and has already cost almost 3/4 of a Trillion dollars to try to clean up. Sorry, bloggers and anger for straying off topic but that would be far more pertinent to the news than this question.

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rajiihammr

Apr-04-13 9:53 AM

Mindeater---The bailouts began under Bush!!! Read YOUR compass!! And a person born to an American citizen overseas IS a citizen. Did you see the long form birth certificate or were there too many big words? And Democrats is not spelled "democrates". Just how much nonsense DO you believe?

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locomotive

Apr-04-13 10:04 AM

Agreed, disgusted. Great post.

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minreader

Apr-04-13 10:28 AM

In terms of percentage of Gross Domestic Product, the government during FDR's administration spent by far the most money - firstly, as part of the New Deal and Great Depression era programs, then for fighting World War 2. Most likely, the Obama administration will be next, followed by the Regan administration, Johnson administration, and George W Bush administration.

As an absolute number, remember that inflation makes it an unfair comparison (i.e. $1 in 2000 is hardly comparable to $1 in 1900). In inflation-adjusted dollars (e.g. $1 in 2000 = $0.05 in 1900), the likely biggest spenders would be:

FDR Obama G.W. Bush Clinton G H W Bush Regan Johnson Wilson

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minreader

Apr-04-13 10:53 AM

Rajiihammer i stand corrected. Yes is was Bush that enacted TRAP and sign into law. It was obama's administration that over saw the bail-outs.

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namexxx

Apr-04-13 11:43 AM

Every politician should give back 5%.

With what they make in stock options, tax loopholes and unreported freebies -- they'll never even notice it.

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vietnamvet69

Apr-04-13 12:51 PM

How about all of Congress, the Supreme Court and the President give back 20% of their salary every month to help offset the furloughs of the civilian workers who make the country work. The only exception would be the leaders of the Veterans Administration who would be required to give up 50% of their monthly salary and for the leaders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who would be required to give up 75% of their monthly salary. That at least would be a good start.

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minreader

Apr-04-13 1:46 PM

He's giving back just enough so his followers will point to him and say, "See what a great man he is?" If you're such a great man Mr. President, why don't you forgo your entire salary like your presidential opponent was willing and ready to do? Yes I believe Romney would have because he already has a history of forgoing a paycheck while in office.

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minreader

Apr-04-13 2:06 PM

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on tuesday will pay back 14 days each months as if he was on furlough. So obama announced on wednesday he was doing 5%. Not at all inspired or impressed

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billldoesntgetit

Apr-04-13 2:08 PM

bill

Look at Hillary..

She pretty much disqualifies herself.

But then the low morals voters lap her up..so what can I say...

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TheDiogenist

Apr-04-13 3:33 PM

It isn't much by way of a gesture, honestly.

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SayWhat

Apr-04-13 4:33 PM

What a joke is correct! Just another ploy to pretend he is this caring President and is willing to "share" his wealther like he thinks everyone else should do. This guy needs to get off his high horse and get back to work fixing the economy. No one cares about the things he is focusing on... he by far is right in there with Carter as one of the worste President's to have taken office. I'm glad I didn't waste my time voting for this guy.

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namexxx

Apr-04-13 4:38 PM

Really? Well, how much are you freeloading freaks giving back?

North Dakota gets back 50 cents from the federal government for every dollar put in. The whole stinking state is one big welfare ghetto.

When will you lazy losers pull yourself up by your bootstraps, get off the dole, and get out of the welfare line?

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EarlyBird

Apr-04-13 9:06 PM

The state is the largest producer in the U.S. of many cereal grains including barley (36% of U.S. crop), durum wheat (58%), hard red spring wheat (48%), oats (17%), and combined wheat of all types (15%). The state is the leading producer of many oilseeds including 92% of the U.S. canola crop, 94% of flax seed, 53% of sunflower seeds, 18% of safflower seeds, and 62% of mustard seed. Canola is suited to the cold winters and it matures fast. Processing of canola for oil production produces canola meal as a by-product. The by-product is a high-protein animal feed. Soybeans are a

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EarlyBird

Apr-04-13 9:10 PM

Soybeans are also an increasingly important crop with 400,000 acres (1,600 km2) additional planted between 2002 and 2007.[58] Soybeans are a major crop in the eastern part of the state and cultivation is common in the southeast part of the state. Soybeans were not grown in North Dakota in the 1940s, but it has become more common in the last 50 years and especially since 1998.[59] In North Dakota soybeans have to mature fast, because of the comparatively short growing season. Soybeans are grown for livestock feed. North Dakota is the second leading producer of sugarbeets, grown in the Red River Valley. The state is also the largest producer of honey, dry edible peas and beans, lentils, and the third largest producer of potatoes. North Dakota's economy is aided by nearly $1 billion in federal agricultural subsidies annually.

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EarlyBird

Apr-05-13 7:57 AM

From 1995 through 2009, seven states received the lions'share, 42%, of U.S. farm subsidies. Those states and their respective shares of total U.S. farm subsidies were:

Texas - 9.4% Iowa - 8.5% Illinois - 7.1% Minnesota - 5.8% Nebraska - 5.7% Kansas - 5.5% North Dakota - 4.7%

As you see we produce the largest amounts of most grains but we do not receive the largest amount of subsidies. All hail Texas!

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namexxx

Apr-05-13 11:04 AM

ND population is a fraction of the size of the population of Texas. When you account for the population difference -- North Dakota is the nation's biggest Welfare Queen.

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minreader

Apr-05-13 11:29 AM

Published: July 19, 2011 State-by-State Welfare Assistance Cash welfare assistance has been cut in 18 states, raising questions about the program’s ability to respond to rising unemployment during hard times. By contrast, the number of recipients of the food stamp program grew in all states. Related Article State Welfare recipients, 2007 Welfare recipients, 2008 Pct. change in welfare recipients Unemployment rate, 2007 Unemployment rate, 2008 Pct. pt. change in unemployment Food stamp recipients, 2007 Food stamp recipients, 2008 Pct. change in food stamp recipients Alabama 42,920 41,849 -2.5 3.5 5.5 2 556,247 613,737 10.3 Alaska 7,974 7,316 -8.3 6.2 7.2 1 56,112 58,058 3.5 Arizona 88,235 88,781 0.6 3.9 6.1 2.2 606,973 734,403 21 Arkansas 21,075 19,689 -6.6 5.5 5.4 -0.1 376,021 387,956 3.2 California 1,144,529 1,216,866 6.3 5.7 8.2 2.5 2,104,426 2,398,897 14 Colorado 24,720 24,453 -1.1 3.9 5.7 1.8 246

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minreader

Apr-05-13 11:31 AM

Connecticut 39,042 38,862 -0.5 4.8 6.5 1.7 203,016 219,532 8.1 District of Columbia 37,421 39,267 4.9 5.7 7.3 1.6 86,759 92,288 6.4 Delaware 9,244 10,049 8.7 3.5 5.3 1.8 70,914 81,462 14.9 Florida 74,994 87,632 16.9 4.3 7 2.7 1,345,162 1,694,649 26 Georgia 42,608 37,983 -10.9 4.5 6.9 2.4 971,241 1,139,309 17.3 Hawaii 10,617 10,890 2.6 2.8 4.6 1.8 92,486 105,100 13.6 Idaho 2,234 2,246 0.5 2.7 5.3 2.6 90,059 111,838 24.2 Illinois 68,001 62,525 -8.1 5.3 7.3 2 1,269,240 1,424,439 12.2 Indiana 117,097 113,572 -3 4.5 6.4 1.9 607,782 740,347 21.8 Iowa 42,174 38,500 -8.7 3.8 4.4 0.6 245,282 276,177 12.6

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minreader

Apr-05-13 11:32 AM

Iowa 42,174 38,500 -8.7 3.8 4.4 0.6 245,282 276,177 12.6 Kansas 34,391 31,215 -9.2 4 4.9 0.9 186,284 197,939 6.3 Kentucky 58,555 58,124 -0.7 5.4 6.8 1.4 620,114 663,591 7 Louisiana 21,841 19,545 -10.5 3.6 5.6 2 642,999 687,571 6.9 Maine 34,224 34,401 0.5 4.9 5.7 0.8 169,531 186,715 10.1 Maryland 52,084 57,601 10.6 3.6 4.9 1.3 342,095 402,892 17.8 Massachusetts 108,077 110,419 2.2 4.3 5.5 1.2 479,248 563,068 17.5 Michigan 226,520 196,775 -13.1 7.5 9.3 1.8 1,225,285 1,303,093 6.4

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