Janitors Getting Pay Cuts: Another Obama Sequester Lie

And the president, high ranking government officials, and members of Congress definitely not taking a pay cut


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At a press conference yesterday, President Obama was asked about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's comment that the sequester wasn't a "big deal." The president replied that while Bloomberg may not feel the impact, others would. Like janitors. The president:

"Starting tomorrow, everybody here, cleaning the floors at the Capitol. They're going to have less pay. The janitors, the security guards. They just got a pay cut. They've got to figure out how to manage that. That's real."

In fact, it's not real. It's so not real the Washington Post gave the comment four pinocchios, reporting that the Architect of the Capitol had to respond by stressing that neither janitors nor security guards are getting pay cuts and that no furloughs are expected for Capitol Hill employees at all due to sequester.

Who else isn't getting a paycut? Barack Obama, other high ranking government officials, and members of Congress, though it'd probably be a crowd pleaser. Instead the president and his men (and women) are whipping up fear about furloughed air traffic controllers and laid-off teachers (much of it also not true).

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