This just in:
With the White House closing its doors to public tour groups in order to save money for the sequester, it’s worth remembering some of the other costs the White House incurs annually.
Like the “Chief Calligrapher,” Patricia A. Blair, who has an annual salary of $96,725, and her two deputies, Debra S. Brown, who gets paid $85,953 per year, and Richard T. Muffler, who gets paid $94,372 every year.
In all, the White House appears to employ 3 calligraphers for a yearly total of $277,050. [Sequestermania: White House calligraphers making $277,000 as WH public tours are suspended « Hot Air](http://hotair.com/archives/2013/03/06/sequestermania-white-house-calligraphers-making-277000-as-wh-public-tours-are-suspended/)
In honor of the sequester, tonites dinner cards have been scaled back and the calligraphers have noted:“Dessert: A Variety of Fine Pastries” instead of a complete overview of the choices available.
OH…the pain is beginning to be felt in Washington!