We all understand that no one handles and spends money more responsibly than when one is spending one’s own money. This is the best reason why our Federal Government should be small and provide only essential constitutionally mandated services to the American people.
The developing scandal involving lavish and wasteful spending by the General Services Administration is an excellent reason for a small Federal Government. Elizabeth MacDonald of Fox Business reported,
The government agency, which oversees federal real estate, is now under fire for wasting more than $822,000 in taxpayer money on a lavish conference in 2010 at a luxury resort in Las Vegas for 300 federal workers that included penthouse suites, a mind reader, a clown, a bicycle training exercise, and expensive catering -- spending that was mocked by the GSA’s own workers in videos.
The GSA official, who is not named, allegedly paid the lower $93 government rate for an additional night’s stay at the hotel, which costs $1,000 a night. But he then charged federal taxpayers for the full $1,000, and pocketed the difference, Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and John Mica (R-Fla.) charge.
The two Congressmen also say 50 GSA officials got bonuses amounting to $500 to $1,000 each for arranging this conference, now dubbed the "Vegas Vacation," which wasted taxpayer dollars
GSA workers also received “awards” that included free Ipods, gift cards, and DVD players.
And the two Congressmen have documents that confirm GSA officials blew at least $1,000 for shuttle buses to the Vegas strip when there was no work function.
Transcripts of federal interviews with a GSA whistleblower in 2011 that FOX Business has obtained shows the GSA whistleblower had raised concerns about “extravagant” spending on lavish conferences at the agency to the GSA board of directors, but there was fear of “being squashed like a bug”:
GSA Employee: “You know, (redacted), (redacted) I think she was -- she’s been trying to bring this stuff up at the board of directors meeting and she’d promptly get squashed like a bug when she brought up any kind of things concerning the conferences and the extravagances and the suites and the, you know, the hotel suites, because typically at any conference, I mean, the WRC (Las Vegas conference) was not a one-time thing where certain people got these very extravagant accommodations.”
Gary Bauer reminded us of the hypocritical double standards of the corrupt Obama Administration,
The irony is that Barack Obama has repeatedly lectured businesses and the American people about wasting money in Las Vegas. In 2009, he told business leaders, "You can't go take a trip to Las Vegas … on the taxpayer's dime." In 2010, Obama said, "You don't blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you're trying to save for college."
Is anyone in charge? Where are the adults in the Obama Administration? The hypocritical double standard is outrageous, but it is typical of the left. Big Government liberals don't think the rules they make for the rest of us apply to them. They forget that they work for us! Let's hope the American people remind them by voting for smaller government and against Barack Obama and his socialist allies in 204 days!
Waste and corruption increase with the size of any government. The GSA employees who wasted and apparently stole taxpayer money need to be held responsible and need to repay the money they owe the American taxpayers. Our Federal Government needs to protect us from our enemies, secure our borders, and leave the spending of our money to us.