Stimulus Spending for Party Animals
In a new twist on stimulus spending, the government's
It was fabulous for the economy of
The idiot who came up with this boondoggle still hasn't been publicly identified, but the supposed mission was to reward 300 federal workers with an "over-the-top" conference in
Apparently, six advance scouting trips were necessary, costing a mere
-- Commemorative coins, delivered in velvet-lined boxes to all participants at a tab of
-- Breakfast every day at
-- "Team-building" conferences that included an inspiring
-- The professional services of a clown (who probably felt right at home) and a mind reader, whose bold fee of
A powerful and far-reaching agency, the GSA is in charge of major government purchases such as office buildings and fleet vehicles. Why not reward its workers for efficiency and frugality by sending them to a Vegas casino at taxpayer expense? Brilliant.
The scandal is the talk of
On the eve of a critical inspector general's report, the
Next question: "Did you at least learn how to build a bicycle?"
We know that one of the high-ranking GSA folks on the trip was
Peck no longer has a job with GSA, but he'll always have those memories. And if he got his picture taken with a fake Elvis, we probably paid for that, too.
It's easy to flog the Obama administration for lax management, but the truth is that the GSA has been roaring out of control for a long time. Imagine a humongous stoned octopus that has no idea what all its legs are doing.
One embarrassing GSA headline after another plagued the second Bush administration. The agency's chief of staff resigned and was convicted of lying to
And Bush's choice for GSA administrator,
The most infamous of GSA extravagances surfaced during the Reagan years, when it was revealed that the Pentagon had been paying
It turned out there was nothing special about those toilet seats, either. They weren't made of titanium or even skid-proof Kevlar, and they served no function other than to prevent the user from falling into the commode.
The tradition of hog-wild excess continues, now with the
It goes without saying that the GSA wasn't smart enough to hire a mime, who might keep his mouth shut, or a psychic, who could have warned of the furor to come.
This time, what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas.
Only our tax money did.
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