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The question isn’t whether you earn as much as the White House’s official calligrapher…

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The question is whether you earn as much as either of the White House’s deputy calligraphers.

Daniel Halper reports:

With the White House closing its doors to public tour groups in order to save money for the sequester, it’s worth remembering some of the other costs the White House incurs annually.

Like the “Chief Calligrapher,” Patricia A. Blair, who has an annual salary of $96,725, and her two deputies, Debra S. Brown, who gets paid $85,953 per year, and Richard T. Muffler, who gets paid $94,372 every year.

Well, of course the White House calligrapher needs two deputies. Otherwise we’d descend into chaos.

As Nick Gillespie notes:

According to Wikipedia, the calligraphy crew is “responsible for the design and execution of all social and official documents at the White House.”

In other words, the White House spent over a quarter of a million tax dollars last year on handwritten invitations and place cards. I guess desktop publishing is too gauche.

But now we have no choice but to tighten our belts, America. As if the leader of the free world doesn’t have enough to deal with, now he might have to get through his day with just one deputy calligrapher.

Way to go, Republicans.

P.S. “Want to reschedule your canceled WH tour? That’ll be $500,000.”