You've got the wrong target in your sights

Radley Balko wants to get rid of the position of White House press secretary:

Yet we pay this person well into six figures of taxpayer money . . . for what, exactly? This person is supposed to be the liaison between the White House and the press. And we’re now to the point where stonewalling, obfuscating, spinning, parsing, and generally preventing the flow of truthful information are accepted and acknowledged parts of the job description (standard disclaimer about these things also being endemic to politics itself notwithstanding).

I can't get particularly outraged; after all, just think how much more we're paying our politicians to lie to us, insult our intelligence, and waste billions of tax dollars. The White House press secretary seems like a comparative bargain.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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