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Carney doesn’t reveal White House is a museum funded by private contributions.
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Meaning the White House Historical Association could create what it is permitted by law to do — a one-time “special program.” Meaning a Secret Service officer furloughed by the sequestration could be shifted to the payroll of the White House Historical Association for this program — with his salary supplied from earmarked private contributions by Eric Bolling, Sean Hannity, and Donald Trump and whoever else is interested in stepping forward — and never miss a beat.
A little extra effort involved in paper work? Maybe — maybe not. Federal government employees — like anybody else in America — have the right to work in other jobs while on furlough. In this case, these Secret Service uniformed officers are already cleared for White House duty by definition. Instead of being furloughed and, say, driving a taxi or flipping burgers to make ends meet, they could continue on as is — as paid employees of the WHHA.
And if there is more help needed with these tours?
The public may not realize but there is another tour available — if one knows a member of the White House staff.
That’s right. As a former White House staff member myself I can say as fact that when the normal “working day” ends — it used to be around 8 p.m. on weekdays and another time on weekends — White House staff members themselves conduct private tours of the West Wing. The Oval Office, the Cabinet Room, the press room etc. Assuming Obama aides still do these tours — they are longtime standards in both Republican and Democrat administrations for the president’s contributors and political allies not to mention the staffers’ own friends and family — here’s a suggestion to these Obama aides. Many of whom make in the neighborhood of $100,000 a year.
Stop doing after-hours tours for rich Obama contributors. And take some time to pick up the slack and conduct the regular tours for regular Americans in the morning. Then stay late and get the rest of your job done.
What a thought. Taking the people who pay their salary on a White House tour.
Either that — or furlough themselves.
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