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I don't think I have ever seen a Republican make a "grand gesture" like this, even though most of the Republicans make millions of dollars more than the President. It is a great indicator of "character" and being in solidarity with We the People. Obama is truly a man of the people, just as our First Founders hoped for. Imagine Donald Trump or Mitt Romney taking money out of their Swiss Bank Accts - (or Men's Hair Club) - to help pay for the national deficit, which was MAINLY CAUSED by the 2 GOP Admin's of 2 Bush presidents when they totally "misled" us into 2 wars.
I know Obama has a lot of good & worthy personal uses for his well-earned salary, instead of making this sacrifice for us, to help clear up a huge deficit caused by the greedy selfish GOP enemies who fight him every inch of the way, every single day. You don't see any sign of "nobility" in the ranks of the Republican Party. NO, -- just plain simple ignorance & arrogance, & a betrayal of our public trust. THEY (the GOP) actually are getting PAID by We the People, to represent "us" -- in our Congress. NONE of the aforementioned GOP are DOING THAT simple task.
President Obama has to work TEN TIMES AS HARD to get things done (ordinary everyday duties) as any other President, just because a bunch of fools that claim to be in the Tea Party, have taken a stand to be just as ignorant and stubborn as any human being possibly can be, to "obstruct" our President and make him "fail." But WHAT and WHO are they REALLY making FAIL? The T Party (T is for Treason) have decided to take down the very government of the United States of America --- to destroy the very fabric of our society, the inner workings of the mechanism of our democracy, to make that process fail by corrupting our legislative process, by twisting the rules & regulations to suppress the Will of the People from being made into LAW, & by distorting our true intentions & purposes (thru propaganda & deceitful speeches on radio & media) & by putting clowns & puppets into our federal govt, to make a mockery of our democracy. Their national GOP candidates this last year were so incredibly stupid, that their IQ would hardly register a minus zero on the Richter Scale. Yet we should want them to make life & death decisions for us? in the field of War & Peace? or to influence what Economic Policy we should pursue? I THINK NOT. Would you hire a snake oil salesman to run your hospital?
Yet THINK People. We (the taxpayers) are PAYING those crooks & clowns the SAME AMOUNT as we are paying the GOOD HONEST men who work in our Congress, every day, having to put up with the senseless mindless antics of the GOP, trying to prevent any progress on solving our problems. And many of those problems are the direct result of having mindless GOP drones forcing us into endless Wars the last few years. War without End.
A strategy directly out of "1984" a novel by George Orwell. Where they always had a war, blending seamlessly into the last war, until you in the end could not distinguish who was the enemy and who was the ally, and it didn't really matter too much anymore, anyway. Right now, they are trying to get us into about a dozen wars simultaneously, knowing that no bookkeeping device ever made could keep track of all the multi-billions of dollars being spent each minute. Multiply this for several years, in several countries, & it gets astronomical. And somewhere behind the scenes is a thing like Blackwater or Halliburton (just for example), making tons of that excessive (taxpayer) money. Raking in profits thru the celestial roof, from this ill-fated enterprise that goes on forever. War without End.
Anyway, an honest man like President Obama, has not only the hardest job of all, trying to fight the numbskulls who make each day a Gladiator Fight against Evil incarnate, because all they ever do is tell lies, refuse to negotiate, & put roadblocks in his path in trying to govern this nation in any sensible productive way. But he generously offers to pay 5% of his meager paycheck to help this nation, while most of the GOP are rolling in excess dough up to the eyeballs of a Tyrannosaurus, & they wouldn't offer one dime, even to save their own souls. (If they even have one: )