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How Much Money Does The President Make?

President Obama Salary

by Roman on November 19, 2009

Have you ever wondered what is the yearly salary of the president of the United States of America? Well – you don’t have to look any further.

President Barack Obama’s Yearly Salary:


In 2009 the presidential salary for Barack Obama is 400 000 dollars per year.

In other words the president makes 33 333 dollars a month or 8 333 dollars a  week.

The president of the United States has always been the highest paid member of the government – that means that no one working for the government has a larger income than the president.

Up until 2001 the yearly salary for  president was $200 000 but thanks to a decision approved by the congress and former president Bill Clinton it was raised to 400 000 dollars.

President Obama's yearly income

The presidential salary had been 200 000 dollars since 1969. If adjusted for inflation it is actually the equivalent of 1,175,000 today’s dollars.
This means that the president makes about 3 times less in 2009 than he made 40 years ago in 1969.

Additional Money The President Gets to Spend:

Additional income and money the president gets to spend

In addition to the 400 000 dollars that the president of USA makes yearly he also has a whopping 169 000 dollars to spend on the things he likes.

$ 100 000 – The presidents non-taxable travel account.

This is the money Barack Obama can use if he wishes to travel or make purchases while outside of the United States.

In reality all the presidents travels and visits are paid by the government. The president always uses a private plane or an helicopter that flies wherever the president wants to go. The operating cost of the president’s plane Air Force One is over  $56,000 per hour! With that rate it would about 2 hours to go over Obama’s travel budget.

$ 50 000 – Annual Expenses account

In addition to the 400 000 dollar salary and the 100 000 dollar travel account the president has a 50 000 dollar annual expenses account that he can use for pretty much everything he needs to help him be a good president. Obama can use this money if he wants to buy a new tie or even an apple if he is hungry but just like with the travel account – he rarely has to use this money. The president gets everything for free.

$ 19 000 – Entertainment Account

In addition to everything else there is a 19 000 dollar entertainment account that the president can tap into if he wishes. The necessities of life are however covered – the White House has its own movie theater, bowling alley, pool room, tennis court, jogging track and putting greens for practicing golf. Needless to say – the $19 000 will only be spent if the president wants to do something not already present in the White House.

Full Amount the President Can Spend Every Year:

Full amount of money the president can spend every year

What Else Does The President Get

The president sure does get paid a lot when you compare him with the average American but you could also say with a degree of certainty that there is no one who wants to be a president for the presidential salary.

The people who are good enough to be president would make a lot more money in the private sector.
Getting elected as a president usually means a decrease in the income of the person elected.

That being said – in addition to the US presidential salary and the presidential pay compensation – there are a lot of things that the presidents get for free.

He gets to live in a mansion with 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, its own staff and the world’s best cooks. In addition, he gets to travel around the world wherever he wants with his private plane.

On top of all of that, the President gets  to use all the White House employees and services as he wishes. This includes  cooks, housekeeping, doctors, barbers, security and taking the Presidential limousines for a spin 😎


After a president leaves office he gets a life time pension. Today the pension is set to the level of the current administration’s cabinet secretaries or 191,300 dollars per year.
Additionally the ex presidents get travel accounts and free mailing privileges.

The Vice President

No one really cares about how much the vice president makes but nevertheless it is an interesting fact to know 😆

The salary for the vice president of United States is 208,100 dollars. He also gets to spend $10,000 for expenses.

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Lee | Money4Invest December 1, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I think he should earn more salary because as we know, the president of US is always tied with non-stop meeting, traveling and under high pressure. Not many people can sustain such a pressure job.

Roman January 17, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I agree, but he actually doesn’t need any money – he can do whatever he likes without money.

Michael February 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

You don’t think he doesn’t make more? The income afterwards is huge, from speaking engagements to book deals. Not to mention the back room deals they arrange for friends that pay off later.
Our current POTUS takes a lot of time off also, sure he’s busy while off, but does he ever really work? Or is it just talk?
It would be interesting to see someone like Ron Paul as President, and how he would spend the money.

catrinamarie January 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm

i als think his salary is a bit low..when you think about it top lawyers make nearly 400k a year…

Roman January 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm

The lawyers need their money – the president doesn’t need anything as long as he is the president.

Amy March 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I don’t think they should pay him anything – If you really care about America, then all of these politicians should vow not to be paid until they have paid back the debt., which of course was created by none other than THE POLITICIANS – Stop being so greedy Mr. President – take the first step and give up your pay for the good of the people.

Jesse April 25, 2010 at 7:33 am

You’ve got to be trolling.

Michael February 25, 2012 at 11:58 am

And your not?

JK June 28, 2010 at 2:55 am

I seem to recall that many presidents, including Obama donate their presidential salaries to charity.

Kneecaps May 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Not sure where your info came from but it is incorrect. But if want to believe he gives it to charity you deserve another 4 years of his ripping America apart.

Chris October 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm

The reason that they originally payed Washington (he refused the $) is so that you don’t need to be rich to be president. I’m Canadian and I know this, they really shouldn’t pay your school teachers…

Cody May 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm

That’s not something you should say. Our school teachers work very hard at what they do. They need to be paid more.

Tom July 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

No!! Thats like saying shouldn’t get paid cause your in debt.

Adam January 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

You know, Ron Paul is only taking the average American worker’s salary if he becomes President of the USA. Something somewhere just under 40k a year. GO RON!

Michele January 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Adam: You’re a complete idiot if you believe that. But again… your political leanings might lead one to that conclusion anyway.

chance May 4, 2010 at 5:56 pm

hi i whant that much money

Roman May 4, 2010 at 7:11 pm

That’s easy – just become the president and you’ll start making the same amount!

Obbop September 15, 2010 at 2:56 pm

The powered elites ensure their lackey figureheads are well-rewarded and legally after their lackey lap-dog departs office.

Positions on corporate boards of directors.

$200,000 yearly is typical, along with life-long free health insurance, for appearing at the once-yearly board of directors meeting where the members are kept at the finest hotels, eat the best foods, are chauffeured in stately limousines, eat the finest foods prepared by world-class chefs and listen to a few speeches.

Not bad for $200,000… for one days’ “work.”

How about the “speech circuit”?

Ronald Reagen set the record, I believe. Two-million dollars for one speech with all expenses paid. Hotel, transportation, fine dining, etc.

Many MILLIONS of dollars from the speaking circuit.

Many job positions in corporate America to the ex-politicians AND their families.

And at the highest wages to ensure their Social Security is maxed out AND, despite you “common folks” often having trouble finding jobs with any type of pension rest assured the ex-politicians will receive guaranteed pensions of the best kind with built-in cost of living raises and protected in a manner that common folks’ pensions are NOT guaranteed.

The mass media owned by the wealthy ruling class assists their buddies by not informing the masses of commoners about REALITY.

The facts are out there but few Americans take time away from their sales shopping or TV sports and look into the many ways the “better class” uses the “systems” to their advantage while making you commoners pay the costs.

How do you like being skimmed and scammed?

Do you know an entire class of people at the peak of the pyramid-shaped socio-economic hierarchy are laughing AT you?

Just obey your masters little sheep. It is your patriotic duty.

Michael February 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

Right on!

David Beaufeaux September 17, 2010 at 8:43 am

Impeach Obama and try him for High Treason, He is not an American, and definately not Christian.

Spencer May 6, 2011 at 1:58 am

Would it matter if he’s Christian or not?
People should leave religion out of politics. So what if he’s Jewish, or Atheist. Or a free mason! The choices he makes aren’t because of his religion, he makes his choices because he thinks they’re good for the General public. Or press:P

Kimi May 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I can’t believe someone would bring up religion & not being American. PEOPLE CAN CHOOSE WHAT THEY WANT TO BELIEVE IN & HE HAS A BIRTH CERTIFICATE ! please, before you start posting your opinion , get a clue !

Michele January 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Uh-oh. Looks like we have another idiot in David B. Sweetie, learn how to spell definitely. You make me embarrassed to be a U.S. citizen… I wonder what your definition of “American” is? Would South or Central America count in that? Do women or non-whites count? I would have to guess that the “Americans” you count yourself among are not people with a ton of education. Sound ’bout right?

Debbie August 14, 2012 at 8:29 am

I really do apologize for the criticism, however, because a person misspells a word does not make them an idiot. I give David kudos for having the guts to speak his mind. I for one agree with what he says. You ridicule him for his comments and his spelling, maybe you should take a few history lessons. Our once great nation was founded on religion and now Obama wants it all out. Our nation will fall due to his ignorance, stupidity, and greed. So when you start to criticize look in the mirror

darkjean September 29, 2010 at 11:55 am

hahaha let me tell you that $400,000 is nothing compared to presidents that live in corrupt governments…. they make at least a couple millions per year…
but, of course we are talking about us president..

Ruinuno Pereira November 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

U.S.A. has as president the is most powerful man in the world. And he gains 400,00$ /year. I live in Portugal and, a former remodelled president, gains more than 480,000 € /year. The American people complain!?

Brian December 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm

How many people have ever given speeches and been publicly ridiculed by CNN or the public, because you sneezed or chose the wrong words which in essence was correct but was easily twisted. how many people have people hunting them day in and day out because of their position and has guarded for the rest of their life because they pretty much put a gigantic target on their chest, did you see what bill clinton looked like before office and after.. it looked like he gained 30 years. Also rest assured if you save a dolphin you probably put some fisherman out of business (or vice versa ) so guaranteed no matter what you do alot of people will despise you when your done. Nobody here is whining that celebrities make MILLIONS and put up with less crap and also are spoiled rotten. but a bunch of you want to throw a fit because the LEADER OF OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY makes maybe a 1/4 of as much if that as half those assholes at Enron who made so many suffer or maybe as much as 1 major league quarterback in maybe 2 weeks of a season (lets not even mention endorsements). I didnt approve of many of the past presidents decisions and I by regulation will not speak good or negative about our current one, but with just the money factor alone and not putting any emphasis on job performance, I wouldnt take that job on a bet for the salary and all the people bitching really need to get their head out of the sand and look around at where your money is really being wasted. I bet half the people who whine about the salary are the same people who spend $200 plus on a coach purse or some maybelline because the celebrity that you are overpaying endorsed it. Stop buying designer crap for its label stop buying overpriced season tickets, stop buying into this he said she said reality show crap, like Palin has gone rogue or obama says that putting air in the tires of your car will fix the gas shortage…. a few popular misquotes that was put on the tv all the time and actually force the media to ask some difficult questions to figure out who is leading our like explain how u plan to fix the deficit and stop letting them dance around questions. Find out who leads our country before he leads our country and maybe we will get somewhere.

Diane January 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm

The political parties rule our county. It is just like a game to them the red scores by getting your our votes, then blue gets our votes. When one side or another say the blue get all of their players in offices, they get to make up new rules for their own benefit, money or regulations that feed their own self interest. Democrats and Republicans should be replaced by altruistic Americans, but the people don’t care to see beyond the state of their own belly and genitals.
Affordable Health Care should be recognized as making access to Health Care Professionals. Would not our time and money return greater returns creating doctors and nurses, and not on the businesses that make a profit interceding between those in need and those who help? A good amount of resources are spent on education, steer them towards creating an abundance of health care professionals and let the supply of care givers overwhelm those in need of medical consideration.
Of note contrary to common belief, our country was not founded on Judeo-Christian-Muslim doctrine, but by the Deist acceptance that there is god.

Melissa January 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm

1 major league quarterback ….either you are referring to a Major League Pitcher or an NFL Quarterback…

Karen tracey February 3, 2011 at 12:00 am

I think the money that the president makes in one day should be donated to people that need cause as long as he is president he don’t need it it is people like me that does we have nothing but yet our country help other country that need it. We need to first help ourselfs.

Kimi May 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm

The president is an American too. Your saying that we should take from him to give to others ? Would you, personally, like it if all your money was taken to support the people who don’t go to college & don’t have as much determination & education as you ? I doubt Obama would go online to complain about how “unfair” things are. If you don’t like how things are going, do what you can to change it. & I doubt that complaining about it online is going to help you any ((:

John January 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Lol, and that’s where things are going, aren’t they? There wont be much incentive for people to work hard.

Debbie August 14, 2012 at 8:43 am

Well hurray Kimi,

you are right on some things. However, part of our freedom gives us the right to complain. I for one if I had it would be glad to give to the less fortunate. I unfortunately am one of the less fortunate. My husband and I live on less than 15,000 a year due to his injuries and I just had a brain tumor removed. I am not asking for sympathy, I am not asking for a handout. What I am saying is don’t be so quick to judge. I don’t get welfare or social security. I just survive. So until you have walked a mile in my shoes then you should not speak about what you don’t know or understand apparently. I am college educated and until I got this tumor on my brain I worked everyday. So it is not always about where a person comes from or if they choose not to do something. Remember this but for the grace of God there go I.

salena gibson May 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

that is a lot of mouey that he spend every year!!!!!!!!!($569,000)is that is a lot of mouey!!!!!!!:) 🙂 🙂 🙂

Courtney June 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Honestly, the president should not be making that much. How about taking that money and giving it to our troops. They at the most make 19,000 a year. They risk their lives for our country while the president sits on his ass.

Michele January 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm

yes, waging war (socially-sanctioned murder) is a great answer to world problems…

Aaron January 27, 2012 at 4:23 am

No one asked them to risk their lives, they chose to risk their lives they knew what they were getting into and how much the pay was… do not bitch an whine about someone running our country getting half a million dollars a year. like half a million dollars would help pay for the troops anyway we already spend 20% of our tax payer money on them, when in world war II we spent 10% of our tax payers money. Don’t give me the BS that the troops aren’t getting compensated enough… they are.

JayDay February 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm

You are so disrespectful.

The soldiers of this country, past-present-and future, do more for this country than any politician ever has, and for less pay. Nothing could ever compensate them for the service, protection, and sacrifice they provide, especially for people who talk the way you do.

Yes, they knew going into it what the deal was. That they would be potentially losing their lives for a few measly dollars, and yet they enlist anyway. It’s because for most of them, it is about much more than money. They do it because they love this country, and the people that live in it.

I would have a hard time enlisting, especially hearing the way you and so many other people disrespect them. Ungrateful entitled people like you is what is wrong with this country, and no politician or political party will ever be able to fix that.

Shame on your parents – for raising such a selfish, ignorant, rude, ungrateful, and disrespectful child like you.

Aaron February 16, 2012 at 12:59 am

We spend 680 billion (approximation) dollars for 4.1 million people to protect our country. I’m grateful for what they do. What I was getting at is taking what the president makes a year would give them roughly 9 bucks each. Wow… that helps them… Why not argue for for the president to increase wages instead of taking his. And fuck you when I pay taxes… I work for a living I am entitled to my opinion how disrespectful, ignorant you may think I am. Just because I don’t think we should be paying more for this countries Military when they have a huge slice of the cake anyway doesn’t mean that I don’t care for the person who died for my country.

JayDay February 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I always think it’s interesting when people use the word “ENTITLED”. You’re ENTITLED because you work…what about the guy who is disabled and can’t work, what’s he ENTITLED to?? You’re ENTITLED because you pay taxes…so the millionaires who worked 100 times harder to get where they’re at and pay 100 times as much taxes as you are 100 times more ENTITLED to their opinion than you?? Someone is ENTITLED to be a spoiled brat just because they happened to be born in this country??

HERE’S THE TRUTH, life isn’t fair no matter how much you try to force it, and no one is ENTITLED to anything. The fact that you are alive and well is no small miracle in itself. Life is fleeting, and it is such a waste to spend it being an asshole arguing about taxes and politics.

Does the president have a tough job? Yes, but who really cares how much he makes, or doesn’t make? I like learning and was just curious when I happened upon this site.

Try spending more time counting your blessings in life, instead of whining so much. Kind words and smiles to strangers are more positive and powerful forces in this world than any amount of politics and money.

In the words of an famous and unfortunate crack head, “Can’t we all just get along?” Kindness is all that matters, we are all very lucky to have the opportunity to give it.

Spring Wilcox March 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

Really…. A huge piece of the cake. How in the hell is the 20k a year my husband makes in the Army that supports 3 kids and myself a huge piece? Garbage men make more then he does and he has been protecting this nation for 10 yrs. It apalls me when I see garbage like this. They make so little and ask for nothing in return.

Debbie August 14, 2012 at 8:47 am

Well Aaron,
if they are getting compensated so well why aren’t you out there getting some compensation. Oh I get it, you would rather run your mouth about everything else. there are a lot of people like you. You like to talk the talk but not enough to walk the walk. well you go because karma will get you.

gary August 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

i think that all presidents and cabinet members should make
15.00 hour . see if they could live on that salary.

brianna February 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm

hey Gary just saying that philosphy doesn’t make sense; because if you think about it the work he does- the college he’s went through, the choices he has made in his life have gotten him to where he is. Honestly they say the stress put on a president ages them way faster than the typical american. Give the guy a break he is human- humans no matter who aren’t perfect and magically aren’t going to fix your life; we are only capable of so much.
As the saying goes- BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE-sure you can’t just get a job but do something better than complaining

Debbie August 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

I agree lets get a petition together to change the way things are.

Brn August 17, 2011 at 1:31 am

Well said Gary. That was the most coherent comment of all. Although you went a little overboard because they were the ones setting wages as low as $8. per hour. So they should try to live on that much.

pissed of american August 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm

come on people you think he should make more, how dumb can you be, he makes 400000 a year, he does not pay for travel, he does not pay for food, for eletric, water, he suits are paid for, they are cleaned and press on the tax payer doller, he houses is cleaned up for him on hte tax payer doller, he gets every tv station in the world on tax payer doller, he should not make a doller, when someone runs for president hey are running to be a servant of the people, do our soliders get this, hell know they make less than 40000 (thats less than 10% of eagle 1) and have ot pay for everything. soliders put there life on the line everyday, the president has over 60 body guards (also paid for on the tax payers dime) you really think your life would be stressed out if that were you, heck remeber the name casue when i run every bit of my salery will go to something worth a damb, mabey a childerns hospitla have not figured that part out yet but really, out country if dieing becasue of this crap and we have people that support it.

Aaron January 27, 2012 at 4:27 am

For one you sound like a burger flipper that has no ambition in life and want things handed to you. Becoming president and running the country isn’t an easy thing. Being a soldier isn’t hard either but most of them don’t risk their lives as much as you think, most know the consequences of being a soldier, most know what the pay is. And when you run I won’t vote for you and I will not stand for your BS.

JayDay February 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm

You are rude and disrespectful.

It’s sad that our country is made up of people like you.

Get a clue and treat people better, you are an embarrassment to this country.

Michael February 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm

In 9 years of serving I lost four people that I knew (and maybe more). That was out of 26 in my “graduating” class. Not very good odds. While the pay isn’t “bad” its not great either. I doubt the POTUS puts up much more than a well dedicated and well trained military person, in time or sanity, for a lot more money. And his actual work load is far less.

Robert August 18, 2011 at 3:10 am

I believe that while all are complaining about his salary, all should either put that hats in the ring and run for president or possibly vote to make some changes. We always complain about what the president is not doing; but we fail to realize that after he leaves office, he still has a wife and two girls to care for. put yourself in his position and truly answer this question; would you leave office with a family and no money saved up to support your family? If you would truly do this, then question your own morals. i am prior military and take great offense to the statements about giving his pay to the troops, espically when alot of people speaking on this page, most likely never severd a day defending this country: shame on you. God Bless you all!

ali August 19, 2011 at 2:29 am

i thinc he is a bad president becuse
he doesent care about me

tony August 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

@pissed off american:
You might at least want to learn how to spell before running for president.

Robert knows what’s up! Seems like the kind of military personnel that I like and would get along very well with. That doesn’t happen often.

Shut up about the military not making enough, it’s their choice to serve and they know what they’re getting into. They could go to college and make efforts to get a higher paying job. MOST of the military people I know are cocky ass meatheads that love to kill innocent people overseas.
(My friend’s brother just died two days ago when a road-side bomb blew up. I have all the respect in the world for him, I’m not at all saying that all of the people in the military are dickheads. Just lots. And I don’t like them.)

Do you honestly think for 2 seconds that the president is spending all his time bowling downstairs, or playing mini-golf in his office? His travel is paid because his job requires it. You think he doesn’t deserve a few luxuries?

Have you seen the guy’s hair lately? Yeah, I’m sure he’s sitting on a beach in Maui drinking martinis as I type this.

Michael February 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

This is our problem for not keeping them out of unjustified wars, Obama included. You try to kill innocent people because your country told you it was the right thing to do and keep your sanity! There not the dickheads, we are.

mike January 4, 2012 at 7:15 pm

It does make you wonder why people spend millions to get the job though

kevin January 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Mike, they spend millions yes but it is not their money they are spending, it is all donated by big corporations, unions, etc. Not one cent comes from their own account.

Matt January 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Its pretty funny how the gov is so bankrupt but yet he is paid this much money BUT WAIT!!!! lets lower the militarys pay. Even though I work my ass off just to earn maybe 30 grand a year. BLOW ME!!!!!!

frank January 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm

i am sure the president gets a extra ´´ bonus ´´ .

Michael February 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Clinton sure did…

JayDay March 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Yep, he blasted his bonus all over the Oval Office

jeffrey hope January 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm

All is well but all this money are they swallowing it? please Mr president help the needy all over. may God be with your soul….

JACK SMITH January 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm

TOTAL WEALTH-2003,300,000.00 2011- 10-15 MILLION ,REALLY

zeke January 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

As long as there are voters, and smart people like Obama to run our country down, there will always be aggitation and aggrivation in the USA. So Vote on Elect your Illinois Type Presidents, you idiots deserve what you got.

Aaron January 27, 2012 at 4:40 am

And look at what Texas has given us Two bushes and Perry (Thank Something that he dropped the race) , Hell the republicans are the main reason we are in this mess. The Regan Tax Cuts, Daddy bushes war + more Tax Cuts, Jr.s Tax Cuts + Glass-Steagall act being repealed + 2 wars + what the Glass-Steagall act did = just the top layer of what these men have done to this country, these republican idiots or masterminds… still gets to me every time someone stands up for them or bitches about the current president.

JayDay February 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

You do realize that Bill Clinton repealed the Glass-Steagall act. He is also the one who pushed Fannie and Freddie to insure risky mortgages so that everyone could have a house. Then everyone was buying houses at the same time resulting in prices going up due to supply and demand causing the bubble. Then most of them lost their houses because they could never afford them to begin with, causing the bubble to burst and the recession we are now in.

ALSO, lowering taxes is only necessary in order to be competitive with worldwide tax rates. When taxes are so high companies and wealthy individuals move to other countries and pay taxes there, then we get none of their taxes. 10 companies paying 10% each is better than 1 company paying 75% with the other 9 paying taxes in other countries. Especially since without them we wouldn’t have half the tax revenue we have now, and just as many, or more, mouths to feed. You could raise the taxes of the middle class to 100% and still not make of for losing the tax revenue of the companies and wealthy individuals we are driving out of this country with the highest taxes in the world. I had an average education, and I make the average salary now, and even I understand this point.

FURTHERMORE, the US spends more per student on education than any other country in the world, yet we are around 30th in the world for quality of education. Something needs to change, and it certainly doesn’t look like spending more on education is the answer.

You sure do throw a lot of rocks Aaron, for someone who lives in a glass house. Just relax man, you are so mean and filled with hate. Do I know all the answers? No, I don’t – But you know less than I do, so stop going around and stomping everyone into the ground for what they have to say.

Chill man, and be nicer to people. Like I said before, you are an embarrassment to this country.

Aaron February 16, 2012 at 1:45 am

I’ll Admit fully that I was wrong about the Glass-Stegall Act. But I don’t buy the being competitive for taxes when many big companies don’t pay taxes or they pay very little or get a tax refund check. So please tell me how being competitive helps them pay taxes?

Even though the US government spends about 4k per kid. They dictate that every kid has to pass or they come in and take over the school or worse they threaten to cut funding for the school. We are 30th because most school have over populations, where a teacher is forced to have 150+ students a day or 40+ students in elementary. They have to teach probably the worst generation of kids I’ve ever seen, and they can’t get rid of the trouble makers ones that aren’t
there to learn. They graduate kids who cannot read so they get their funding the next year. Its horrible. Thats one thing that George Bush did, was “No child left behind.” When you cannot reach every kid.

Furthermore thank you for pointing out that I’m an asshole. but your throwing as many rocks at me for having an opinion you could have scrolled by. Embarrassment to this country, Sorry that I get mad when people think that pleasing 314 million people is an easy job, making sure countries don’t nuke us is an easy job, passing laws that could change history is an easy job. The president doesn’t just sit there he works, and if I was in the position the president was in dedicating 4-8 years of my life to making you happy I’d want 5.5 million dollars a year too.

I’m sorry for stating an obvious fact that people who go into the the military know the consequences, know the pay, and they do it out of the awesomeness they probably exude, I know I couldn’t do it. And I know I won’t ever want to. The armed forces have enough money they just need help distributing it. They don’t need more taxes from us to pay their people.

JayDay February 16, 2012 at 11:56 am

Good points, it just goes to show there are always 2 sides to every coin.

Sorry to be a bit harsh, usually I do just scroll by without saying anything. I only stopped because I thought you were being a bit of a bully. People constantly say stupid things about subjects that they know nothing about, but there is no reason to ever be so mean to people. Politics isn’t even worth arguing about anyway, cause like you said, no one is ever going to be fully happy with anything that’s going on.

BUT, here is something to think about: as long as no one is fully satisfied, then compromise must be going on. Isn’t that the way it should be?

The most important thing is that we treat eachother with respect and kindness on a daily basis. There’s no amount of politics or money that is more important that that. Take care brother.

Michael February 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I was able to buy my house due to the bubble bursting. Sadly they stopped it before it became what it should have been…

JayDay March 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I was able get mine kind of cheap after the bubble as well, but yeah, they propped it up higher than it should have fallen. And what did the responsible people get out of this whole deal? Nothing except more national debt. There is all of 1 certified accountant in congress, the rest are lawyers, and people wonder why they can’t handle the finances responsibly.

gary February 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm

yes the government thinks that your money is there.

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