More than 130,000 people have signed a petition to withhold President Barack Obama’s salary while he’s campaigning for Hillary.
Obama earns approximately $400,000 annually from taxpayers (about $30,000/month), and he’s even earning that when he’s traveling the country campaigning for Hillary Clinton.
The author of the petition, Rick Mithcelson, said he created the petition “out of frustration that a sitting president is using taxpayer funds to push a liberal agenda.
“When a lame duck President reaches his last few months in office he often endorses a candidate from his party to secede him,” Mitchelson’s petition says. “Rarely however, does that same lame duck President spend weeks or even months prior to the November election actively campaigning for his successor.”
Mitchelson, a high school social studies teacher in Wyoming, wrote the petition during the summer (“I shouldn’t tell you this, but I was supposed to be teaching summer school while I wrote it,” Mitchelson said), then discovered conservative petition site StandUnited on Facebook.
As the legislative body with “sole authority of Federal revenue,” Congress could dock a president’s pay, Mitchelson’s petition argues. However, in order to withhold the president’s salary Congress would have to address Article II of the U.S. Constitution which says that a president’s compensation “shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected.”
Mitchelson said he knew about the section that prevents Congress from changing a president’s pay during his term. “When I wrote [the petition], I knew it was a stretch.” Perhaps Congress could withhold the president’s $33,333 monthly paycheck until after the November 8 election. Or at the very least, “maybe [Congress] could pass some legislation that would prevent that in the future,” Mitchelson said.
In addition to the $400,000 annual salary, the president has an expense account of $50,000 for costs “resulting from the discharge of his official duties.” Plus, Air Force One costs $180,000 for every hour of flight, which means campaign stops for Hillary Clinton are costing the taxpayers a pretty penny.
That is a massive number of signers who are furious with Obama for being paid while campaigning for Hillary. However, to be fair- his campaign stops aren’t nearly as long as the two and three week golfing vacations Obama has taken all over the world!
Everywhere Obama goes requires airplanes, helicopters, extensive security, and endless preparation. Obama is a burden on the taxpayers, and yet doesn’t seem to mind spending your money to help Hillary Clinton.