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White House salaries: The rich get richer, the poor get nothing.

Published July 11, 2006 7:45PM (EDT)

It seems there's at least one way in which the Bush White House looks like the rest of America: It's a place where the rich get richer while the poor get poorer -- relatively speaking, at least.

The National Journal is up with a list of who makes what at the White House. The employees at the top of the pay scale -- the Karl Roves and Josh Boltens and Dan Bartletts and Stephen Hadleys of the world -- just got a $4,200 cost-of-living raise, taking their salaries to $162,500 each. The folks at the bottom of the pay scale? They make $30,000, and they appear not to have received any kind of cost-of-living raise this year.

As the National Journal notes, low-level White House employees make about the same as starting public school teachers in a lot of cities -- that's about $15 an hour, or about three times the federal minimum wage Republicans don't want to increase.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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