In the face of dire warnings concerning the automatic spending cuts popularly known as the sequestration, the Obama administration is dropping millions of taxpayer dollars on more than a few expenditures that have raised eyebrows. Notably the $50 million on new uniforms for TSA personnel even though the administration threatened that TSA officers would be laid off, thusly ensuring a spike in flight delays, as reported by Fox News on March 6, 2013.
Meanwhile At The White House...
The White House also cancelled all public self-guided tours of The People's House citing the lack of funds resulting from the sequestration.
Yet the Daily Caller has also reported on March 6, 2013, that the director of the White House Visitors Office, Ellie S. Schafer, has seen her pay increase by $30,000 in the past four years.
Schafer went from an annual salary of $70,000 in 2009 to $100,000 as of last year.
Meanwhile, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service released the 2013 Military Pay and Allowance charts.
This year’s pay raise for the troops is 1.7% across the board
But Wait, There's More...
This time to the chichi millionaires playground better known as Martha's Vineyard.
Although the cost of the planned August getaway hasn't been released to the American people, US News & World Report published (via Politico) that during the last Obama trip to Martha's Vineyard in 2011 the cost of the Secret Service agents, communications officials, top aides, drivers, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel reportedly was in "the millions."
Saving The Best For Last...
Despite the millions for tony togs, healthy pay raises and multi-million dollar vacations, the White House still sees fit to spend one quarter of a million taxpayer dollars per year on a three-person team of calligraphers.
As published by the Weekly Standard:
"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."
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