Although I am sure you would like to, who can forget the GSA’s $800,000 party in Las Vegas, or their $268.000 awards ceremony. Then, of course we had the Department of Agriculture spending $2 million on an internship program that employed one intern. But it gets far better than that, unless you are footing the bill that is.
Not to be out done by the aforesaid frugality, we learned today that in 2011 the Veteran’s Administration spent $6.1 million on two conferences in Orlando. The VA’s independent watchdog found that $762,000 of that amount was either unauthorized or unnecessary, including,
…$97,906 worth of promotional gifts for the federal workers attending the training sessions; $154,000 for contractor travel; $16,500 to produce daily “Happy Face” videos of those in attendance; and nearly $2,300 for beverages, such as soda and juice..
I well understand the “unnecessary” part as that seems to be a function of much government spending, but how does “unauthorized” spending somehow get spent? Before either paying a bill or reimbursing an expense doesn’t someone check first to see if it has been “authorized” by a person with the authority to make said expenditure?
Oh, I keep forgetting…it doesn’t matter, there is plenty more of your money to confiscate in taxes.
But the real question is, couldn’t and shouldn’t that money have been better spent on our veterans to whom we owe so much, and who constantly complain about inadequate access to medical care through the VA?
Personally, I’m tired of learning about government party after government party. We send our tax dollar to Washington to do what they say they are going to do with it. Partying isn’t one of those things.