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FUTURE REFORM – AND CURRENT WASTE – BEGIN AT THE TOP

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U.S. President Barack Obama meets with members of his cabinet at the White House in Washington

If a president wants to fix dysfunctional government the repair process should begin at home: with radical restructuring of the White House staff. According to a report to Congress, the White House now employs 456 people, earning an average salary of more than $80,000 a year, with average raises of $4,400. This is absurd, of course. Do taxpayers really need to pay $172,200 salaries for one Katy Kale, “Assistant for Management and Administration” or the unknown David Simas, “Director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach”? Lincoln won the Civil War with a White House staff of exactly two, and he wrote some notable speeches without Obama’s “speech-writing shop” of nearly two dozen. FDR won WWII with fewer than 100 assistants. In Congress, John Boehner cut committee staff by 19%, “saving taxpayers hundreds of millions” according to USA TODAY. Surely, the next president should follow his example.

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  1. Thomas Gee  •  Jul 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Michael, Micheal, Micheal! We have a regime that refuses to enforce laws (i.e. immigration, health care and just today, the environmental protection of eagle). It is riddled with scandal (i.e. I.R.S., Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Eric Holder perjury, The James Rosen scandal, Kathleen Sebelius solicited donations, Veterans Affairs, etc, etc, etc). This administration propagates one lie after another! Your response,”FUTURE REFORM – AND CURRENT WASTE – BEGIN AT THE TOP”? Michael buy friend, you are a true student of Saul Alinsky! DISTRACT! DISTRACT! DISTRACT! Your progressive parents taught you well!

  2. Brian  •  Jul 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    The US is now three times bigger than when FDR was in office, plus I do believe that FDR had more than 100 staff at the Whitehouse. Also, please remember that “average” means that half the employees earn more than $80,000 and half earn less. It does not mean that most staff earn $80,000. There are quite a few that earn less than $50,000, a fairly paltry salary in the Metro DC area. The big salaries are reserved for folks that are direct reports to the President whom it would be safe to assume are probably taking a pay cut to work in the White House.
    Could some of the staff be cut? Sure. You can make that argument. But you could make that argument for any President.

  3. grant  •  Jul 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Money is no object when Obama is spending it–trips–cabinet–gifts to other countries. It’s only an object when it comes to war.

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