Pay Scales of the Warmongering and Lying
Burger flipping is an honorable profession, but clearly not worth more than $5.15 an hour:
By Alexis Simendinger, for NationalJournal.com
Â© National Journal Group Inc.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
President Bushâ€™s most senior aides -- the ones who hold the coveted title of "assistant to the president" -- recently received a $4,200 cost-of-living bump-up in compensation and now earn a top pay rate of $165,200, according to an internal White House list of staff salaries. The list was compiled by the administration for the year that ended June 30 and is displayed both alphabetically, and by dollar ranking, below. Those at the bottom of the White House staff pay scale -- the folks answering phones and responding to the presidentâ€™s mail, for example -- remain stuck at last yearâ€™s pay floor of $30,000, according to a year-to-year comparison of White House data obtained by National Journal.
At that level, the White House aide who keeps a log of the gifts sent to the president makes about as much as the average starting pay for a public school teacher. At $15 an hour, thatâ€™s almost three times the national minimum wage of $5.15. (Congress is debating this summer whether to raise the minimum wage, while the administration prefers to leave it where it is).
White House salaries and job titles are largely controlled at the discretion of the president, within the confines of the overall budget approved by Congress for the Executive Office of the President. For example, Anita McBride, chief of staff to the first lady, earns $149,000 this year, which is a jump of $16,000 above her listed pay rate in 2005 -- with no change in title. In 2005, the peak of the White House pay scale was $161,000 for 19 heavyweight job titles.
On this yearâ€™s list, the White House omitted Bush aides who left the White House payroll in recent weeks, even if the president intends to fill the posts at this yearâ€™s rate of pay. One anomaly: Unlike predecessor I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, David Addington, the chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was not included on the White House roster, even though he holds a dual title as assistant to the president.
Employees on loan to the White House from their home agencies appear on the list in italics; one intelligence operative was not identified by the White House by name. And there are other curiosities: a General Electric security specialist (and retired Air Force general) is listed as an â€œemployeeâ€ and member of the presidentâ€™s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, at a per diem rate of $548. The White House is not required by law to make public any complete accounting of staff or individual salaries.
The list of 433 positions excludes White House residence employees, Office of Management and Budget personnel, and the staff members working in the Office of the Vice President who are on the payroll of the U.S. Senate by virtue of the vice presidentâ€™s role as Senate president. By law, President Bushâ€™s salary is $400,000. The vice presidentâ€™s compensation in 2006 is $212,100.
Hmmm, "residence employees." I wonder if that means the people who do the cooking, cleaning, guarding and other Little People's tasks. Check out the whole list at the link, it's a nice roster of people who'll be screwing you over in decades to come.