Skip to comments.Administrationís Sequester Antics Strain Credibility
Posted on 03/09/2013 9:55:33 AM PST by John Semmens
In an effort to try to make the sequestration as painful as possible, The Administration announced that the White House would be closed to tourists for the duration. White House Visitors Office Director, Ellie Schafer explains that in this time of fiscal crisis everyone must do his or her fair share of sacrifice.
The estimated annual savings to be attained by canceling visitors access to tours of the White House is a little over $900,000. This is less than the million dollars the Administration spent on a single Presidential golf outing with Tiger Woods in February.
Schafer contended that the comparison is unfair. The cancellation of one Presidential recreational outing would place the sacrifice all on one person. Closing down the tours spreads the pain over tens of thousands of people each of whom suffers a small amount. We think its more equitable for a lot of people to give up a little than for one person to give up a lot, especially when the President has already sacrificed so much for the country.
The sequester belt-tightening has skipped over Ms. Schafer who received a 25% salary increase this past year. The three White House calligraphers who collectively take home nearly $300,000 a year have also been spared because hand-crafted invitations are essential to upholding the majesty of the office.
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The thing about the White House tours....is that most of the guides were non-paid volunteers. I admit, there were a couple of Park Service guys who handle the desk and administrative side. And there’s probably twenty-odd guys doing security related to the tours.
The question now is...from now until October...what exactly are the twenty security guys doing and the half-dozen Park Service folks? Just sitting there?
I’ll even make this comment but probably get flamed for it...it wouldn’t hurt to charge $3 an adult for entry. It’d cover the expenses of the security guys easily.
Obama Administrations and the News Media’s Sequester Antics Strain their stupid Credibility
This is supposed to be satire?
This is the plain truth, nothing satirical about it.