If a president wants to fix dysfunctional government the repair process should begin at home: with radical restructuring of the White House staff. According to a report to Congress, the White House now employs 456 people, earning an average salary of more than $80,000 a year, with average raises of $4,400. This is absurd, of course. Do taxpayers really need to pay $172,200 salaries for one Katy Kale, “Assistant for Management and Administration” or the unknown David Simas, “Director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach”? Lincoln won the Civil War with a White House staff of exactly two, and he wrote some notable speeches without Obama’s “speech-writing shop” of nearly two dozen. FDR won WWII with fewer than 100 assistants. In Congress, John Boehner cut committee staff by 19%, “saving taxpayers hundreds of millions” according to USA TODAY. Surely, the next president should follow his example.
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