40%

— Of Americans think that the First Lady should receive a government salary since a significant amount of her daily schedule is dedicated to public events, according to a new C-SPAN poll.
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sacredh
sacredh

I think we should all treat each other like christians. I won't be responsible for the consequences though.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

The bigger argument for me is because no first lady has ever been able to realistically hold a job independent of being the President's spouse - and that is unlikely to change.  Yes, 400K is nothing to sneer at and the opportunities once they get out of office is tremendous, but that just doesn't feel like it is consistent with modern society.

Sue_N
Sue_N

I don't think the First Lady (or First Gentleman when we eventually have one) should be salaried. The duties, while extensive, just come with the territory and will only last four or eight years, depending on the terms her/his spouse serves.

Also, let's face it, we're not getting middle class folks who struggle to manage a budget in the White House and will go back into penury once out. They're well-heeled coming in, and their earning potential only increases once they're out. The book deals alone bring in millions, plus speaking fees, consulting fees, offers to join think tanks, etc. Imagine the offers from law firms that both Obamas are likely to get once his term is done.

Besides, the offices of POTUS/FLOTUS aren't supposed to be about making money. The ide of public service should still mean something.

fitty_three
fitty_three

I don't think she should get a salary, but my reasons are legitimate, and not like groeny's which is motivated by hate and hate alone.

To start with, we can't really afford it, and second, she'll have tremendous opportunities after Obama's term is up to make real money.

KevinGroenhagen
KevinGroenhagen

Why, of course. We already pay $2 million for Michelle to vacation in Hawaii and for the best food money can buy. That's clearly not enough.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Not to diminish the First Spouses, First Lady will likely be outdated sooner rather than later, or their responsibilities but the household already is well compensated ($400,000 yearly salary plus benefits) and post term riches are guaranteed so I don't see the point.

Having said that, who really cares? 

gysgt213
gysgt213

@Sue_N I think they should be salaried Sue, but only because I believe the first ladies have proven through the years that what they do adds value to the country.  .

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@Sue_N  Sue, I think your conclusion is important. 

There is an importance to at least having the veneer of public service. 

sacredh
sacredh

I agree. They can always make a mint afterwards with books, speaking fees etc.. I think I would like to see barack nominate Michelle for the Supreme Court (she is a lawyer) just to watch the wingers heads explode. An Obama on the SC for a generation. lol.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@KevinGroenhagen You do realize that First Families foot their own food bills, right? The only meals we the taxpayers pay for are state dinners.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Paul,nnto @Sue_N We need to draw a line somewhere at lining the pockets.

I have enormous respect for First Ladies (and the future First Gentlemen). It's a grueling, often thankless job that opens them up to enormous amounts of (undeserved) criticism, and that can knock them off their own career paths, simply because their spouses chose to run for office. BUT, it also comes with enormous prestige and quite a few perks, not least of which is the inevitable windfall after.

Let's face it, there's a reason we pay the Leader of the Free World™ the relatively small sum of $400K, and it's not because we're tightwads. It's because that office is supposed to be a service, pursued out of altruism (remember that?) and not greed. Once upon a time, presidents left office poorer than when they entered. That's certainly not the case now, but the office itself shouldn't be a money-maker.

Either we believe in the concept of public service, or we don't.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh Even better would be for the next prez put Obama himself on the court. It would be an extinction-level event for the righties.

sacredh
sacredh

Michelle fist bumping Clarence Thomas would a YouTube moment.

sacredh
sacredh

You're wasting your time. Any democratic president and his family are mooches and an affront to real Americans everywhere.



fitty_three
fitty_three

@Paul,nnto

With groeny, it's all "I hate Obama" all the time.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, is to be allowed to get between him and his hatred.

sacredh
sacredh

In my defense, I pushed snow at work today. It gives a guy an appetite.  Pork chops, mashed potatoes/gravy, corn on the cob and biscuits.



sacredh
sacredh

I had half of a deep dish apple pie for dessert at lunch today. The guy I was working with was amazed. We had a huge lunch too.

sacredh
sacredh

Loose weight. I didn't catch that.

sacredh
sacredh

Pnnto, I lost 1-2 pounds during that 6 months. My metabolism is crazy. It doesn't matter what I eat or how much I eat. It stays the same. Last summer my doctor told me he wanted me to gain 5-10 pounds. I doubled what I normally eat and gained 1 pound in a month. I'm 6'3" and weigh 175. I weigh 5 pounds less than I did 25 years ago.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@sacredh 4 years ago I was 230+ and decided that I would give up what I wrote above for Lent and as long as I was doing that I would pay attention to calories and increase working out from 2 to 5 days a week. 

When all was said and done I was/am 162 give or take. i talk to people who know me and want to know how to loose weight and I tell them the same thing "Whatever works for you"

Having said that it seems to me that overall diet > Atkins/low carb/juice/etc. 

sacredh
sacredh

It was about 15 years ago that I gave up all meat and dairy products for 6 months. My cholesterol was 240 or so and my doctor wanted me to start taking medication for it. I decided to try to lower it naturally by avoiding all foods that raised the levels. After 6 months it only dropped 6-7 points. I hate taking any medication that doesn't give me a buzz (principle), but it didn't work so I take pills. It's about 160-170 now.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@sacredh From the day after Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday) Ash Wednesday until Easter. 

The cuter P (Hmong not Catholic) joins me. We could skip beef forever but the swine....that's a real sacrifice! 

sacredh
sacredh

How long does lent last? I gave up all meat for 6 months once but it wasn't religion based.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@sacredh "One cheeseburger too many" - Okay that made me laugh. 

Also, too, hungry. Gave up pork and beef for Lent so my next cheeseburger if many weeks ahead. 

sacredh
sacredh

The next four years are going to be nail biters for the conservatives. One cheeseburger too many and Clarence Thomas or Scalia could be replaced by a liberal. I'm really waiting to see what the SC does with the same sex marriage cases. Roberts could be looking at at leper colony gig if he votes in favor.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh *sigh* I know. Invincible ignorance and all that.

sacredh
sacredh

Sarcasm. It's what's for dinner.