But the Ohio legislature isn’t spreading the pain equally—namely, not among themselves. According to IO’s most recent report, Kasich took a raise of more than $10,000 over the last governor’s salary, bringing his pay to $148,165. And exempted the salary from the SB 5 provision that cuts automatic annual raises for other public employees. And lied about how much he pays his staff, whose senior members make $110,000. Continue reading →
Well, Michigan isn’t quite done humiliating its underprivileged residents. Beginning next month, many Michigan residents will no longer qualify for food stamps after a new law goes into effect which tightens eligibility requirements.
Louisiana Republican and giant asshat John Fleming appeared on MSNBC this morning to bitch about how hard is life is because he has to live on a meager $400,000 a year.
Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) appeared on MSNBC with Chris Jansing this morning to attack President Obama’s new deficit reduction plan, which includes some tax increases on the wealthy. Taking up the typical GOP talking point, Fleming said raising taxes on wealthy “job creators” is a terrible idea that kills jobs because many of these people are small business owners who pay taxes through personal income rates.
Fleming is himself a businesses owner, so Jansing asked, “If you have to pay more in taxes, you would get rid of some of those employees?” Fleming responded by saying that while his businesses made $6.3 million last year, after you “pay 500 employees, you pay rent, you pay equipment, and food,” his profits “a mere fraction of that” — “by the time I feed my family, I have maybe $400,000 left over.”
Because President Obama’s jobs plan has not yet been introduced in the House, Louie Gohmert snagged the named “American Jobs Act of 2011″ for his two-page bill which simply amends the tax code to repeal the corporate income tax.
True to the GOP plan to make sure not to put any Americans back to work in the hopes that the economy and high jobless rate will kill President Obama’s reelection chances, Kevin McCarthy gleefully reported that everybody hates President Obama’s jobs bill.
He then linked the blog post (which I assume someone on his staff wrote) on Twitter and lied about what the blog post says.
As millions of Americans remember those who were lost on September 11, 2001 and celebrate those who emerged from 9/11 as heroes — those who died trying to save the lives of their colleagues and friends, and the first responders who rushed to Ground Zero without hesitation — Eric Cantor has other plans.
On Friday, President Obama requested for $5.1 billion to provide disaster relief to those affected by recent hurricanes and earthquakes — in Eric Cantor’s home state of Virginia no less — including $500 million for FEMA. Eric Cantor’s response? He plans to insist on offsets for the $500 million in emergency funds.
Problem is, those offsets are massive cuts to first responders: