Jul 3, 2012, 12:45 pm EDT
Working at the president’s humble abode is definitely something to write home about, but does it pay as great as it sounds? Sometimes.
Every year, The White House gives a report to Congress listing the title and salary of every White House Office employee, a requirement that began in 1995. With the recent release of the 2012 report, now you can see which White House workers are bringing home the most dough (salaries rounded to the nearest thousand).
Countless researchers, assistants and analysts ($40,000 or so)
Director of White House Operations ($85,000)
Special Assistant / Personal Aide to the President ($95,000)
Head calligrapher ($96,000)
Special Assistant to the President and Director of Research ($100,000)
Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council ($120,000)
Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling ($130,000)
Clearance Advisory ($132,000)
Ethics Advisor ($140,000)
Deputy Assistant and Counsel to the President ($158,000)
Senior Policy Advisor ($165,000)
Assistant to the President and Press Secretary ($172,000)
Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady ($172,000)
– Alyssa Oursler, InvestorPlace Editorial Assistant Read
Jul 2, 2012, 11:54 am EDT
For those who thought Thursday’s Supreme Court decision would be the last we heard of Obamacare for some time, the days following the decision have been disappointing. In the aftermath of a surprising 5-4 vote to uphold the bill, supporters and detractors have been speaking out.
House Republicans have planned a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act on July 11, a mostly symbolic and futile gesture given the Democrats’ control of the White House and Senate (for now, anyways). Romney has also expressed support for repealing Obamacare.
In the wake of this windmill tilting, both sides have seized upon an important part of Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion: the law was constitutional because the fee for not having insurance was a tax, which Congress has the right to levy. Not surprisingly, Democrats have hit back on this. Surprisingly, a Romney adviser agrees with them. Read