Skip to comments.Mark Steyn: Grope and Change
Posted on 04/21/2012 10:04:31 PM PDT by neverdem
Unlike the government of the United States, I cant 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 Services response to them.
Cartagenas most famous escort costs $800. For purposes of comparison, you can book Eliot Spitzers escort for $300. Yet, on the cold grey fiscally conservative morning after the wild socially liberal night before, Danias Secret Service agent offered her a mere $28.
Twenty-eight bucks! What a remarkably precise sum. Thirty dollars less a federal handling fee? Why isnt this guy Obamas 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 agencys taxpayer-funded public-servants-gone-wild Bacchanal in Vegas.
All over this dying republic, you couldnt find a single solitary $28 item that doesnt wind up costing at least 800 bucks by the time its 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, didnt care for the cut of her Secret Service...
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...
South Korea in the 1970’s and early 80’s: $5 (or so I’m told) LOL
Stylistically and stylishly Stein-ish...
Ping for later
We’re living out the movie Idiocracy.
Now that is one funny article.
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.
Steyn nails it. The article I mean, not the hooker.
Here’s more info on Kennedy’s Secret Service agents. I didn’t know about this until I saw your post.
Mark has the wrong figure. Spitzer’s young lady was $3200, plus an $1100 deposit toward “future services”.
Hmm. Sounds suspiciously like a coupon.
Has anyone told PJComix?
About the same return I receive on my Social Security payments¿?
Steyn is simply brilliant!
Sounds like the agent stiffed her.
Steyn writing on his favorite subject.
I believe he's the best we've got right now... no one comes close to him.
Mark Steyn ping.
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Thanks for the ping Slings and Arrows.
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.
The man is a genius.
Love Steyn! bump for tomorrow
How could that be? Texas was a dry state in 1963.
Well, except for the Jacksboro Highway...
The “dry state” is one reason why Carlos Marcellos and company (including Jack Ruby, btw) did such a big business in the Metroplex.
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