Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Comparing Salary of Israel's Prime Minister to Salary of USA President

Nadene Goldfoot                                
During Trump's Inauguration: picture in Trump Tower
Both men belong to political parties on the right; Trump with Republicans and Netanyahu to Likud.   They both have a hard time with their country's left-winged media. 

Why compare the salaries of two heads of states of a big country and a teeny country?  It happens that this teeny country is in the news almost as much as the big country, and its health affects the health of the other.  The heads of state work about as much as each other and have to make extremely difficult and important decisions that affect each other.  Like Mutt and Jeff, they are intertwined as two Democratic countries facing serious problems.  

"According to Title 3 of the US Code, the US President "shall earn" a salary of $400,000, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment. Like most employees, the president receives benefits in addition to a salary."  The supplemental amounts add up to $169,000 so total income each year is $569,000.  "

Israelis are paid in shekels
1 shekel =$0.29 today
"Netanyahu  makes over $12,000, but takes home only $4,500."

  President Trump is refusing his salary except for $1.00 insisted on by law,  and is donating it instead. He is a billionaire who wanted to be President.  
" In the first fiscal quarter of the year, he donated his pay to the Department of the Interior "for construction and repair needs at military cemeteries."  Here on Memorial day in Los Angeles we see the grave markers of soldiers.  
" He" has donated his third-quarter presidential salary to the Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to combat the opioid crisis, the department and the White House announced Thursday".  

"On July 26th, for the second quarter in a row, President Donald Trump declined to take a salary and opted instead to gift the quarterly installment to a government entity, this time to the Department of Education, hosting a camp for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students at the Department of Education.

When his term is over, he will continue to receive a bonus.   "Presidents are still on government payroll, which includes an annual pension of about $200,000, healthcare, paid official travel, and an office."  Obama resides right in Washington DC and has an office.  
Michelle Obama's staff has been pared down for Melania Trump
New projections show the four-year savings on White House payroll could top $22 million, Forbes reports, citing "savings come from President Trump’s refusal to take a salary as well as big reductions in other areas including the absence of czars, expensive 'fellowships,' and spending on FLOTUS staff."

One reason for this is that Trump's staff is 110 less in the White House than Obama had.  He's trimmed his own expenses.  

Israel's finances are most stringent.  It is Netanyahu's wife, Sarah,  who is always in trouble over their finances from the Israeli government.  She's been charged for fraud, over having lavish dinner parties.  She even had hired private chefs!  This money is said to have come out of public funds.  The total she is charged for is $110,000.  Someone or some group is out to get Bibi and Sarah as he is also " implicated with an inner-circle of associates in a series of cases relating to fraud, bribery and corruption." 

 This information was reported by  Haaretz In this scandal, it was Netanyahu's right-hand man who resigned as the Coalition Whip because of a corruption probe going on by the opposing party.  Haaretz newspaper is known  as a left-wing newspaper with liberal stances on domestic and foreign issues."  It would be the Labor Party's spokesman's newspaper.  "Andrea Levin, executive director of the American pro-Israel Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA), said the newspaper was doing "damage to the truth" and sometimes making serious factual errors but not often correcting them.

At the end of October, Sarah Netanyahu was facing allegations of being too tough a taskmaster in her household with the staff.  This comes from a former housecleaner.  

Netanyahu and his wife have a tense relationship with the Israeli media, which they have both described as biased against them. In January, Netanyahu described the media as "left-wing" and "Bolshevik" and said they were out to bring him down.  The USA has been equally hard on Netanyahu, also.  

The Israel Hayom is a newspaper that shows favoritism towards Netanyahu and is the most popular one read pehaps because its free.  The Jerusalem Post is in English.  
In 2011, Horovitz was succeeded by the paper's former managing editor, Steve Linde, who aimed to retain the paper's political moderation and balance. Yaakov Katz succeeded Linde in 2016.

"Netanyahu  makes over $12,000, but takes home only $4,500."  But after income, national health insurance and social security tax deductions and vehicle expenses, the prime minister’s net monthly income stood at NIS 17,600 ($4,500) for the month of February.


 He pays $3,200 per month towards his own armored car.  The PMO explained Netanyahu had little say in the monthly NIS 12,440 ($3,200) expense for his armored car, because it was in line with Shin Bet security standards."

President Trump will travel in an upgraded and armored version of the Cadillac-branded limousine.  It was used by former President Barack Obama. The Beast, as it is called, was ready  by his inauguration. 


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