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Calling All Calligraphers

Are you a calligrapher? You need to apply… Apparently, there’s a strong use for these skills and you could make $90,000 a year. In a day and time when we have the Autopen to sign for the President who would believe there is enough need to have not one, but three calligraphers on staff at the White House. Who knew? It is nice to see that not everything in the White House is high tech.

Have no skills except for making your own bed? Here’s the spot for you. Be a Domestic Assistant and make $42,000 a year.  What does that domestic assistant really do since this list does not include all other domestic staff?  Maybe just make sure there is plenty of tissue in the Oval Office? With unemployment still over 8% there are plenty who would even mop floors for those wages.

Released during a last minute Friday afternoon information dump are the salaries for White House employees. The administration brags that the numbers are lower than in 2009 perhaps forgetting to note the payroll did grow $700,000 from last year. In a time when this administration wants to make significant cuts to our military it appears there is room for adjustment within the White House itself.  (Want to read more on how much it costs to operate the White House. Here’s a 2008 publication on just this subject: To Serve the President)

I don’t know about you, but I’d just like to be a special assistant, not to anyone in particular, and be paid $70,000. I could do it. In fact, as unemployment continues to be an issue perhaps Team Obama is right; the best jobs are in the government.

Sign me up.

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