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Mark Steyn: Grope and Change
National Review Online ^ | April 21, 2012 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 04/21/2012 10:04:31 PM PDT by neverdem

Unlike the government of the United States, I can’t claim any hands-on experience with Colombian hookers. But I was impressed by the rates charged by Miss Dania Suarez, and even more impressed by the U.S. Secret Service’s response to them.

Cartagena’s most famous “escort” costs $800. For purposes of comparison, you can book Eliot Spitzer’s “escort” for $300. Yet, on the cold grey fiscally conservative morning after the wild socially liberal night before, Dania’s Secret Service agent offered her a mere $28.

Twenty-eight bucks! What a remarkably precise sum. Thirty dollars less a federal handling fee? Why isn’t this guy Obama’s treasury secretary or budget director? Or, at the very least, the head honcho of the General Services Administration, whose previous director has sadly had to step down after the agency’s taxpayer-funded public-servants-gone-wild Bacchanal in Vegas.

All over this dying republic, you couldn’t find a single solitary $28 item that doesn’t wind up costing at least 800 bucks by the time it’s been sluiced through the federal budgeting process. Yet, in one plucky little corner of the Secret Service, supervisor David Chaney, dog-handler Greg Stokes, or one of the other nine agents managed to turn the principles of government procurement on their head. If the same fiscal prudence were applied to the 2011 Obama budget, the $3.598 trillion splurge would have cost just shy of $126 billion. The feds’ half a billion to Solyndra would have been a mere $18 million. The 823-grand GSA conference on government efficiency at the M Resort Spa & Casino would have come in at $28,805.

Chaney-Stokes 2012! Grope . . . and Change! Red lights, not red ink.

Alas, young Miss Suarez, just 24 and with a nine-year-old son and a ravenous pimp to feed, didn’t care for the cut of her Secret Service...

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: marksteyn; obama; secretservice

1 posted on 04/21/2012 10:04:36 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: JLS

Steyn!


2 posted on 04/21/2012 10:07:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: neverdem

South Korea in the 1970’s and early 80’s: $5 (or so I’m told) LOL


3 posted on 04/21/2012 10:08:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: neverdem

Stylistically and stylishly Stein-ish...


4 posted on 04/21/2012 10:24:20 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: neverdem

5 posted on 04/21/2012 10:24:46 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: basil

Ping for later


6 posted on 04/21/2012 10:33:07 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: neverdem

We’re living out the movie Idiocracy.


7 posted on 04/21/2012 11:33:20 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: neverdem

Now that is one funny article.

IMHO.


8 posted on 04/22/2012 12:10:29 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Somehow I don’t think the White House is laughing.

I believe that JFK’s Secret Service agents partied hardy in Fort Worth the night before JFK visited Dallas for the last time.


9 posted on 04/22/2012 3:19:35 AM PDT by cgbg (No bailouts for New York and California. Let them eat debt.)
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To: neverdem

Steyn nails it. The article I mean, not the hooker.


10 posted on 04/22/2012 3:22:31 AM PDT by Makana
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To: cgbg

Here’s more info on Kennedy’s Secret Service agents. I didn’t know about this until I saw your post.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/04/21/3902153/secret-service-scandal-not-new.html


11 posted on 04/22/2012 3:32:02 AM PDT by Atlantan
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To: neverdem

Mark has the wrong figure. Spitzer’s young lady was $3200, plus an $1100 deposit toward “future services”.


12 posted on 04/22/2012 4:08:09 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Anoreth; rrrod
... plus a couple of dozen sniffer dogs. Did the latter take any Colombian bitches back to their kennels? Or are they just the entrée for Obama’s embassy banquet?
13 posted on 04/22/2012 5:14:53 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("A little plain food, and a philosophic temperament, are the only necessities of life."~W. Churchill)
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To: ArmstedFragg; PJ-Comix
"Spitzer’s young lady was $3200, plus an $1100 deposit toward “future services”.

Hmm. Sounds suspiciously like a coupon.

Has anyone told PJComix?

14 posted on 04/22/2012 5:16:54 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: neverdem
You loan the U.S. government $800 billion, and come the due day the treasury secretary reaches in his pocket and says: “So how about we call it 28 bucks even?”

About the same return I receive on my Social Security payments¿?

15 posted on 04/22/2012 5:52:58 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: neverdem

Steyn is simply brilliant!


16 posted on 04/22/2012 6:22:18 AM PDT by Gritty (With suffocating statism, sexual license is the only thing one doesn't need a license for-Mark Steyn)
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To: neverdem

Sounds like the agent stiffed her.


17 posted on 04/22/2012 6:57:08 AM PDT by sasquatch
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To: neverdem
that was really well done -- as much as was shown here, at least.

Steyn writing on his favorite subject.

18 posted on 04/22/2012 8:56:41 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (void where prohibited.)
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To: Gritty
Steyn is simply brilliant!

I believe he's the best we've got right now... no one comes close to him.

19 posted on 04/22/2012 10:31:05 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping Slings and Arrows.


20 posted on 04/22/2012 1:59:51 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress))
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To: Atlantan; cgbg

Kennedy’s SS guys were a busy lot. I know because for 28 years I lived next door to the “party girl” who organized their fun times when Saint Jack was in Hyannisport.


21 posted on 04/22/2012 4:17:35 PM PDT by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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To: neverdem

The man is a genius.


22 posted on 04/22/2012 5:08:15 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: neverdem

Love Steyn! bump for tomorrow


23 posted on 04/22/2012 6:55:39 PM PDT by citizen (Obama blames:arab spring,banks,big drug/oil,bush,ceos,christians,coal,earthquake/tsumani,fnc,wall st)
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To: metesky

BTTT


24 posted on 04/22/2012 7:07:55 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: cgbg
I believe that JFK’s Secret Service agents partied hardy in Fort Worth the night before JFK visited Dallas for the last time.

How could that be? Texas was a dry state in 1963.

Well, except for the Jacksboro Highway...

25 posted on 04/22/2012 7:16:20 PM PDT by okie01
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To: okie01; cgbg
I believe that JFK’s Secret Service agents partied hardy

That's "partied hearty."
26 posted on 04/22/2012 7:19:34 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: neverdem
Amazing to hear government agents channeling Dudley Moore in Arthur: “You’re a hooker? I thought I was doing so well.” It turns out U.S. Secret Service agents are the only men who can walk into a Colombian nightclub and not spot the professionals
27 posted on 04/23/2012 4:35:28 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: okie01

The “dry state” is one reason why Carlos Marcellos and company (including Jack Ruby, btw) did such a big business in the Metroplex.


28 posted on 04/23/2012 11:30:05 AM PDT by cgbg (No bailouts for New York and California. Let them eat debt.)
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