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White House calligraphers vs. Microsoft Word

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When you heard that the White House spends $277,000 per year on three staff calligraphers, your first thought was probably the same as mine: “Five million bucks, Jennifer Love Hewitt? What is this, 2004?”

Then you shook it off. Then you focused: “Y’know, I’ll bet you could replace those calligraphers with any off-the-shelf laptop and printer, saving enough money for 15 weeks of White House tours, and nobody would ever know the difference.”

Yep. WUSA in DC:

Can you tell the difference between White House invitations crafted by a quarter-million dollar calligraphy staff and the fake one we made using our station computer and printer for pocket change?

The computer printed invitation we made for our story would likely be spotted by Secret Service agents in a second, but when we asked you on Facebook and in person, most of you couldn’t tell the difference.

Liberals are fond of pointing out that when the Second Amendment was written, all we had were muskets.* And yet here we are in 2013, and the White House hasn’t figured out how to use a printer.

I can hardly blame them for that. I can never get mine to work either. But that doesn’t mean I should get a quarter-million in tax dollars every year for it.

*Just because technology has changed doesn’t mean our founding principles have changed, of course. But there’s no use pointing that out to liberals, because they’re liberals.