My Fox Column…

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

…this week argues that it’s time for taxpayers to stop paying for political press secretaries.

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7 Responses to “My Fox Column…”

  1. #1 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Wow! Imagine getting paid $165,000 a year to bullshit people. I need to re-evaluate my daily ritual of coming on here and doing it for free.

  2. #2 |  Josh | 

    Get yourself 3 ex-wives, an oxycodone addiction, a discovery of privacy rights after claiming for years such a right doesn’t exist, and approximately 600 affiliates, and you can bullshit people on the radio for $31.25 million a year.

  3. #3 |  Skip Oliva | 

    Radley’s column is fine, but we need to think bigger. The problem is the growth of presidential staff itself. The Executive Office of the President has supplanted the cabinet-level departments in prestige and power, yet there’s little to no accountability because of the misguided notion of “executive privilege.”

  4. #4 |  Chance | 

    If you make lawmakers pay for this office out of their own pocket, they’ll just give themselves a pay raise in order to afford it. The problem simply shifts.

  5. #5 |  jwh | 

    …..and Dee Dee Meyer really wasn’t a source for her husband’s Vanity Fair hatchet job on the Clintons……honest……..

  6. #6 |  asscore | 

    So agreed!

    Why cant the president speak for himself?

  7. #7 |  Against Stupidity | 

    Radley,

    Your analysis is right on the mark. A press secretary is nothing more than P.R. for the politicians, so how do they communicate with there constituents without something analogous to a press secretary? Would they have time to communicate directly with the press themselves?

    Then there’s the problem of getting these weasels to relinquish a clear benefit to themselves. Have we ever heard of a politician giving up something they didn’t have to?

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