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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Lessons Learned

With full apologies to Think Progress I'm copying their entire post because it's too good not to:

Today the National Journal published a list of salaries for the 403 White House staffers. Here are the four most overpaid:


Deborah Nirmala MisirEthics Advisor$114,688
Erica M. DornburgEthics Advisor$100,547
Stuart BakerDirector for Lessons Learned$106,641
Melissa M. CarsonDirector of Fact Checking$46,500

And yes, there is a White House Director for Lessons Learned. We aren’t making this up.


Do you think the Director of Lessons Learned learned that they ought to fire the fact checker? You get what you pay for I guess.

Well Rahm Emanuel took the ball and ran with it:


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) released the following statement in advance of delivery on the House floor:

"Mr. Speaker, yesterday the President said we continue to be wise about how we spend the people's money.

"Then why are we paying over $100,000 for a 'White House Director of Lessons Learned'?

"Maybe I can save the taxpayers $100,000 by running through a few of the lessons this White House should have learned by now.

"Lesson 1: When the Army Chief of Staff and the Secretary of State say you are going to war without enough troops, you're going to war without enough troops.

"Lesson 2: When 8.8 billion dollars of reconstruction funding disappears from Iraq, and 2 billion dollars disappears from Katrina relief, it's time to demand a little accountability.

"Lesson 3: When you've 'turned the corner' in Iraq more times than Danica Patrick at the Indy 500, it means you are going in circles.

"Lesson 4: When the national weather service tells you a category 5 hurricane is heading for New Orleans, a category 5 hurricane is heading to New Orleans.

"I would also ask the President why we're paying for two 'Ethics Advisors' and a 'Director of Fact Checking.'

"They must be the only people in Washington who get more vacation time than the President.

"Maybe the White House could consolidate these positions into a Director of Irony."

Good stuff.

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