Finished goal of running the distance of 2,080 miles from Lafayette, LA to Washington D.C and back!!! 339.1 miles

0.0 miles run this week.
Daily running average for the week is 0.00 miles per day.
Total amount run in the past 800 days is 2,419.1 miles.
Daily running average overall is 3.02 miles per day.

Day310 Tuesday 07/05/11

ran 3.7 miles
“The staff names and salary report, required annually by Congress, was released on Friday by the White House. The timing, however, was probably an accident because last Friday most Americans were not watching the news closely and were thinking of not working for a three-day holiday weekend.”

Nice use of sarcasm, Andrew Malcolm, in an article for the Los Angeles Times. Are you suggesting that maybe the release of 454 Obama White House aides who will collectively earn $37,121,463 this year was strategically posted on a day when the American people were less likely to be paying attention?

“Because Americans would no doubt be pleased to know of the Obama staff's economic success amid the bleak national scene for so many others, we saved the information for today, when most Americans who are still employed are back at their own jobs and can share the joy.”

One small disappointing detail that this report failed to mention was the fact that 41 unidentified Obama staff members currently owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes. That separate report came out last fall.

President Obama has upped George W. Bush by seven staff members and nearly $4 million from 2008. Also, nearly one out of every three earn more than $100,000 a year. That number has also been raised from Bush’s 130 staffers with that salary. And, twenty-one Obama staff members earn $172,200 a year, the highest salary.

Our national debt is $14.2 trillion, up 35% since Obama took office. While paying staff members an accumulative $37,121,463 a year is a drop in the bucket at the far larger scale of the economic crisis our nation is suffering, it is a matter of principle, the shamelessness and audacity Obama possesses to be so exorbitant---and not only in this particular instance, while our nation is coasting along at the brink of failure.

From Andrew Malcolm, here are some coincidental Chicago connections who happen to be recipients of the top pay scale.

"Chief of Staff William Daley, who is the brother of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who just retired and left the top Democratic-machine job there to Rahm Emanuel, who was Obama's chief of staff and before that held the Chicago House seat of Rod Blagojevich, who had given it up to become governor of Illinois, which he no longer is due to impeachment and, now, convicted on 17 counts of fraud.

The Daleys' father, Richard J. Daley, was also a longtime Chicago mayor whose operatives provided Illinois' crucial electoral votes to elect John F. Kennedy president back in 1960 before Obama was born.

Valerie Jarrett has a White House title as long as Chicago's winters (senior advisor and assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement). Before this, she was a chief of staff for the most recent Mayor Daley and hired an assistant named Michelle Robinson, who went on, of course, to become Mrs. Barack Obama, whose chief of staff also earns the top $172G paycheck.

This year, the one before Obama's attempted reelection, he reduced his staff by 15 people and $1.7 million.

Some White House aides have already returned to Chicago as campaign employees, including political strategist David Axelrod, who helped elect the most recent Mayor Daley, as well as, briefly, Sen. Obama and then President Obama. Axelrod also made the top salary when he had to live in Washington."

1,161.9 miles to go.

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