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    Quote Originally Posted by msdeb View Post
    i didnt say it wasnt great, i admire him for doing this. BUT there are people that work just as hard in other areas and make 30K a year. just sayin....
    Sure, but such is the nature of capitalism. Who's to determine what a "real" person makes? These people have put a lot of time and money into getting advanced degrees and, as another poster said, could easily make much more in the private sector working as lawyers or other professionals. Lots of "real" people in those jobs make considerably more than 100K. But I guess that's just wrong and unfair?

    Presumably, the White House would like to draw some of the best and brightest to the job - if the job only came with a salary of 30K, knowing how much work likely goes into it, why would someone with immense qualifications (or even a college degree for that matter) ever go for it?
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    And...$100k in DC is NOT a lot of money to live on. Just saying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tati View Post
    Sure, but such is the nature of capitalism. Who's to determine what a "real" person makes? These people have put a lot of time and money into getting advanced degrees and, as another poster said, could easily make much more in the private sector working as lawyers or other professionals. Lots of "real" people in those jobs make considerably more than 100K. But I guess that's just wrong and unfair?

    Presumably, the White House would like to draw some of the best and brightest to the job - if the job only came with a salary of 30K, knowing how much work likely goes into it, why would someone with immense qualifications (or even a college degree for that matter) ever go for it?
    Exactly. If you know that you've got the skills to make more money somewhere else, why work in the White House for less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    What do real people make? I think it's great that he's doing it and I don't know that 100 grand is all that much for working in the government.
    It's called a median annual income. In 2007 it was roughly $50,000.00

    Do you just ask these questions for the fun of it?

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    NO I don't ask these questions 'just for the fun of it'. I asked because I don't know. Do you like having a go at me for anything and everything for the fun of it? Chill out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetie View Post
    It's called a median annual income. In 2007 it was roughly $50,000.00
    That's a fine income but not in DC.

    I was shocked at how low the salaries were, frankly. I expected between 200 to 300K for the top jobs. Unless these aides have back-up wealth, they are going to need 2 salaries for a family.

    That's why it's so easy for lobbyists to bribe them, I guess.

    BTW, a lot of people go into debt working in DC just so they can make connections and gain cred.

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    They're plenty of folks who live in DC who don't make anything near 50K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSDiva View Post
    They're plenty of folks who live in DC who don't make anything near 50K.

    Sure, but do they have to wear nice suits everyday? Do they have rent controlled apartments rather than pay the gouged prices for newcomers? Are their kids in private schools? Are they paying off loans for 7 years of higher education? Do they need all the latest technology to do their jobs? How about maintenince and fees on 2 cars?

    I lived in DC on a modest salary, but I wasn't a staffer and didn't have any of the above expenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    they really get paid little when they work for the white house. There's a salary cap, they get small raises annually issued by congress, and way more make under 50k a year than over 100. The scale as Bush left it has the top salary in the 160's, so that's where this freeze will hold it.

    That's not a high salary for the amount of work some of the aides do. It's a 24-7 job for some, and they could earn way more in the private sector.
    It is also not a cheap city to live in.$100,00 nowadays is not much. Everyone doesn't need to be making $30,000 to be considered "real".
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