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NATIONAL JOURNAL: "Why Isn't Joe Biden Giving Back Some of His Salary?"

Scanning various newspaper and magazine websites, this column got my attention:

From NATIONAL JOURNAL's Michael Catalini, about Joe Biden's failure to join other high-profile members of the Administration in giving back some of his salary... and possible reasons why...


Posted at 8:17am on April 8, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 9:03am
So the Prez is giving back $20K of his $400K. I realize Obama's detractors will say he's doing it for political reasons, but all those folks in DC do everything for political reasons, be they DEM or GOP, it's the nature of the beast. However, Obama could have taken a 'not-going-to-be-bothered' approach, so I do give him credit for sharing in the pain, even if it is symbolic since he's pretty wealthy. Still, he's giving up $20K.

My guess is, Biden will eventually end up giving some back too. His staff is being affected so it makes him look bad not to share in the misery of the folks who work for him.

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 11:10am
What gets said of Biden on the inside of the Hill, is that while Senator, he is the only one who did not get rich out of the deal...

Meaning Joe Biden was always interested in looking out for us, and not himself.

However, I am more taken aback by the suggestion that because one person is magnanimous, so must be all. That equates one with the lowest, sluggish, insectatous (new word), grubbing, pupalicious (new word again), larvistic forms of carbonic life.

I'm surprised the editors did not catch and pull it. It is the lowest of lows to suggest because one's boss gave to a charity, now must everyone else... I know it happens in the real world, and I also know that all those underneath follow through dutifully with what their boss said, but do it very grudgingly....

This is exactly like the pastor's wife, telling you that you are not a Christian, because Mr. Pizza's wife bought her new drapes and you never bought her a thing for her house...."A REAL Christian would take care of their pastor's wife." Then continue to shame you in public for pretending to be a Christian when you weren't!... it pisses you off because you just wrote a big check to the church just so they could keep their electricity on.....

Michael Catalini must be one of the lowest humans on this planet. I understand why you Allan, enjoy the company of insects on your own time, after seeing the likes of the people you have to work with in your profession......

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 12:50pm
Keep in mind that Joe Biden already 'gives back' a large portion of his salary...through income taxes. Somebody in Biden's income bracket gives about half of their salary back to the government in the form of taxes.

Indeed, everybody on this forum is 'giving back' by paying confiscatory taxes. We all give back.

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 7:12pm
Why isn't Joe Biden giving back some of his salary? Because he's a HYPOCRITE!

By the way Allan, aren't there more important topics to explore other than this guy? This is really turning into groundhog day for me.

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 9:10pm
Okay everybody. Time out. Let's listen now to some magnificent music:


Tue, Apr 9, 2013 9:14am
Oh, my Mr. Pizza... The Grand Twins of the Twin Grands.... Oh my.

Tue, Apr 9, 2013 9:22am
It was serendipity that you chose that piece. I performed that in my first recital, back in 7th Grade, as one half of a duet...

Plus, I wish I could get tickets to see them perform in Grand Forks of North Dakota...

The Grand Twins of the Twin Grands in Grand Forks...

Or, perhaps on the middle of the Brownsville Bridge...

The Rio Grande Performance of the Grand Twins of the Twin Grands.

Or if at the Guthre...

The Grand Twins of the Twin Grands Live in the Twin Cities....

Tue, Apr 9, 2013 7:32pm
Kavips: Sorry, but Ferrante & Teicher are long dead. However, you can still see Peter Nero at the Philly Pops. He's alive and well at age 78, and is one of my pizza customers.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 3:22pm
Mrpizza: Nice music, thanks for the link. Don't get to hear music like that on the radio anymore. The demos the advertisers want probably don't know what an accustic piano is, or an orchestra with real instruments.

I too enjoyed their music. One of my favorite pieces is their rendition of Jingle Bells with them on the twin grands accompanied by a full orchestra. If I can find it when I have time to look, I'll post it. Yea I know it's not Christmas, but it is a great arrangment of that little ditty and as its NOT a religious song, really more of a winter song anyone can enjoy it.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 10:47pm
Mrpizza: couldn't find the version of Jingle Bells I mentioned, however did find a great version of Chop Sticks that Carman Cavallaro played in the Eddy Duchin Story. Who would have thought chop sticks could be so interesting? Enjoy.


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