According to the Federal Register, the job calls for someone to "review existing mechanisms of consumer input, thruput and output" as part of a plan to "confirm and reinforce the [State] Department's sensitivity to consumer rights ... with respect to the maintenance and expansion of an international dialogue and awareness."

If that all sounds like an onput (as a Washington Post editorial suggested), it is not. And it had all better be perfectly clear to Joan Braden, 49, mother of eight and wife of Syndicated Columnist Tom Braden, because she is now being paid $37,800 per annum to make...

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