The fact that the economy seems to be stuck in a deep rut with no real hope for a strong rebound does not seem to be slowing down the money train for the folks working at the White House.
According to a report in the New York Post, President Obama's White House employs 454 people with an annual cost of $37,121,463. The administration can point to the fact that there are 15 fewer people on the payroll this year, representing a savings of $1.7 million dollars a year. (For the record, Czars are excluded from this list.) But, within those numbers are some very interesting facts worth mentioning:
Obama's 454 employees beats George W. Bush's 447.
Obama's crew also costs taxpayers $4 million dollars per year MORE than Bush's, 13% more.
Also among the current White House staffers, 21 of them are earning the maximum allowed of $172,200 (very close to what Senators and Congressmen earn)
Almost one in three makes $100k.
Earlier this month Gawker pointed out some of the additional hypocrisy coming from the President when they exposed the massive raises received by many working in the White House:
The last time we checked in on White House salaries, we found that an astonishing 75% of continuing staffers got raises from 2009 to 2010—a huge number given the fact that, according to compensation experts, most companies had skipped routine raises that year in reaction to the economic crisis that the White House was busy failing to solve. This time around—from 2010 to 2011—the ratio is a little less dramatic.
We noted the discrepancy in an original video two weeks ago:
(H/T - New York Post)