For Christmas, I got my two oldest kids calligraphy pens to make their Lord of the Rings elvish writing look more authentic. (I’m married to this guy, so they didn’t really have a chance to escape their geek heritage.) However, I didn’t know how lucrative calligraphy could be, at least if you are employed by tax payers. Apparently, sequestration has caused the White House to shut its doors to tourists coming through Washington, but not to cut the salaries of these three people:
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.