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Villaraigosa cuts own $223,000 salary by 12%

If the Los Angeles mayor can do it, why not President Obama? He could easily show solidarity with the rest of the country, "feeling their pain."

After all, aside from income from book sales, his new salary of $400,000 and all his needs provided for, contrasts with his former senatorial salary of $174,000 sufficiently to make a 10% reduction in pay painless.