Carney doesn’t reveal White House is a museum funded by private contributions.
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She succeeded in getting legislation passed — again from Schlesinger’s memoir A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House (with my bold for emphasis) — “designating the White House as a museum and enabling it to receive gifts.”
That’s right. The White House — officially — is a museum. It is decidedly not your average government building that only receives public funding — funding that is subject to the sequester. It isn’t the Transportation Department or the Education Department or any other government building.
This lovely loophole created by Jacqueline Kennedy herself is called the White House Historical Association. And how is it funded? Here’s the Association itself, again my bold print for emphasis:
The White House Historical Association is a charitable nonprofit institution whose purpose is to enhance the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the White House. To fulfill its purpose, the White House Historical Association produces educational literature and films, develops special programs, and maintains this website interpreting the White House and its history and the persons and events associated with it. From private funding and the sale of its educational products, the Association supports the acquisition of artwork and objects for the White House collection and contributes to the conservation of the public rooms.
In other words, this group, which already operates within the White House itself and was specifically created to do so, is able to legally receive gifts of money from private citizens — like Donald Trump. Like Eric Bolling. Like Sean Hannity.
What was it that Jay Carney said concerning the Secret Service? He said this:
“The Secret Service, like other agencies of government is affected by the sequester…. And the Secret Service presented options that ranged from canceling tours to potential furloughs….”
The magic word Carney said without knowing he said it? That would be: “furloughs.”
The Obama administration’s own Office of Management and Budget explains that the sequester deals with furloughs in this way:
A shutdown furlough (also called an emergency furlough) occurs when there is a lapse in appropriations, and can occur at the beginning of a fiscal year, if no funds have been appropriated for that year, or upon expiration of a continuing resolution, if a new continuing resolution or appropriations law is not passed. In a shutdown furlough, an affected agency would have to shut down any activities funded by annual appropriations that are not excepted by law. Typically, an agency will have very little to no lead time to plan and implement a shutdown furlough.
Translation: The sequester qualifies as a “shutdown furlough” or “emergency furlough” because there is no money appropriated. However: “In a shutdown furlough, an affected agency would have to shut down any activities funded by annual appropriations that are not excepted by law.”
The White House Historical Association, as noted by the Association itself, and in accordance with Jackie Kennedy’s goal, gets it money from “private funding and the sale of its educational products.”
Which is to say, the Association itself — run by a board currently chaired by former Reagan aide Fred Ryan and including former presidential aides and the historian Michael Beschloss (it’s website here) — can accept money from private individuals and then use that money to hire employees like… furloughed federal workers. Federal workers like those 37 uniformed Secret Service officers who are paid $50 an hour for 40 hours a week to secure the tour’s route through the East Wing for a total sequestered cost of about $2 million.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online