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Lawmakers aghast over report of lavish conference footed by taxpayers
Fox News ^ | April 3, 2012 | FoxNews

Posted on 04/03/2012 12:48:57 PM PDT by carriage_hill

An obscure federal agency may have set a new benchmark for lavish conferences on the taxpayers' dime.

Lawmakers are voicing outrage following a government report that found the General Services Administration held a blowout $820,000 conference near Las Vegas which grossly exceeded what the planners were allowed to spend.

The employees dropped thousands of dollars on luxury items and convention giveaways -- including more than $6,000 on commemorative coins, $8,000 on a "yearbook," and $3,200 for an in-house mind reader.

"It's unbelievable that red flags didn't immediately go up well before this junket," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said.

In the wake of the report, the White House accepted the resignation of General Services Administration chief Martha Johnson. Johnson also dismissed two deputies and suspended other career employees over the affair.

The 300-person event at the M Resort Spa and Casino in Henderson, Nev., included a $95-per-person dinner and reception as well as several violations of federal laws and policies.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: corrupt; corruption; entitlement; gsa; outofcontrol; taxdollars
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Out-damned-rageous! But sadly, to-be-expected, considering the corrupt, criminal 0bummer-Regime-From-Hell's total disregard and hatred for America and the US Taxpayer.
1 posted on 04/03/2012 12:49:12 PM PDT by carriage_hill
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To: carriage_hill

Aghast = Fearful their own lavish conferences will now come to light.


2 posted on 04/03/2012 12:54:12 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: carriage_hill

“Lawmakers aghast”.

I doubt that .. More like jealous..


3 posted on 04/03/2012 12:55:12 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: carriage_hill

Where is the outrage over Moochelle Obama’s Vegas Vacation?


4 posted on 04/03/2012 12:55:33 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Bolton/Arpaio 2012 "Kick the UN across the border!")
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To: carriage_hill

And resigned Martha Johnson - how much will she collect in lifetime benefits, what will be her monthly pay via the U.S. taxpayer for the rest of her worthless life?

And the other two as well. Throw them on the heap.

And no government agency should be “obscure” - if people don’t know who they are and what they do - their budget should be eliminated.


5 posted on 04/03/2012 12:57:39 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: carriage_hill

Social Security Administration (SSA) did over 750,000 last year. What is the problem?


6 posted on 04/03/2012 1:00:17 PM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: JennysCool
Aghast = Fearful their own lavish conferences will now come to light.

I think you've nailed it. A lot more heads need to roll for this.

7 posted on 04/03/2012 1:03:29 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: carriage_hill
Lawmakers aghast over report of lavish conference footed by taxpayers

TAXPAYERS aghast over continual reports of MASSIVE DEFICIT SPENDING by lawmakers!

8 posted on 04/03/2012 1:04:49 PM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: JennysCool

It’s the tip of the iceberg-—every government agency and sub-agency has these worthless “conferences” and a disproportionate number of them are held in Las Vegas.


9 posted on 04/03/2012 1:07:10 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: carriage_hill

Read the whole thing. Appaling. Just like the private citizens obama is calways calling fat cats. These people are more like pigs at a trough. 3 grand to rent two tuxedos?

Criminal charges should be filed for stealing from the taxpayers. Boyrack would be all over this if it were republicans. Most unethical administration in America’s history.


10 posted on 04/03/2012 1:07:31 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: carriage_hill

How much have the taxpayers paid for Mooch’s vacations, her kids Mexican ‘get-away’ with 20+ of her closest friends? When I was 13, I never dreamed of taking a vacation without my parents, let alone going to a country that is on a ‘Watch List’ with 20+ of my friends.

This extravagance at the hands of Obama’s team, is just par for the course. It’s what they do, extragantly abuse the offices in which they hold, while threatening fence-sitters and accusing Republicans of doing the same thing.


11 posted on 04/03/2012 1:07:48 PM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: carriage_hill

Shocked. SHOCKED!

12 posted on 04/03/2012 1:12:09 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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en. Susan Collins, R-Maine ~ America's chief RINO who has voted for more wasteful stuff with the Democrats than any other known US Senator in history ~ she's aghast!

Somebody needs to redefine 'aghast"!

In Susan's world this GSA deal doesn't even rise to the level of chump change.

13 posted on 04/03/2012 1:17:11 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: JennysCool

The lights are on and the cockroaches are scurrying. It’ll go nowhere in this govt-corrupted, poisoned atmosphere. Sadly.


14 posted on 04/03/2012 1:19:59 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: cardinal4

That 100x worse, IMO, but the lib-media infers that “she’s entitled”, don’t they?


15 posted on 04/03/2012 1:21:37 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: allmendream
GSA is hardly obscure. Every federal bureaucrat knows who they are ~ they provide the buildings, turn on the heat, run the AC, guard the buildings from marauders, paint and repaint the parking lots in an endless cycle that succeeds in filling every crack over a 20 year period, etc.

The GSA is in charge of getting the FBI a new building. Seems their old building (which many of us watched built since it was a 15 story deep hole in downtown DC) is crumbling into concrete dust ~ GSA managed that contract too.

The GSA does the federal court houses.

16 posted on 04/03/2012 1:22:29 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: allmendream

I still don’t know “exactly what” the GSA is/does, except spend our money.


17 posted on 04/03/2012 1:23:33 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: muawiyah
The rest of the capitalist world seems to provide themselves buildings and keep the power and AC on just fine without an entire federal bureaucracy of overpaid bureaucrats offered lifetime pensions.
18 posted on 04/03/2012 1:28:06 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: edcoil

750,000 “what”? Expenses? Parties? You got me stumped on that one. Googling it...

This?

http://www.opinion-columns.com/praguewriter/2007/10/750000-american.html

Or this?

http://townhall.com/columnists/austinhill/2009/07/12/the_$750,000_government-employee_pampering_scandal

Give me a hint, please?


19 posted on 04/03/2012 1:28:23 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: edcoil
Years ago USPS fired a regional headquarters manager for holding a training conference in San Juan PR.

It was just about the cheapest conference anyone had ever seen ~ done outside the tourist season I recall he got hotel rooms for $10 a day and free conference rooms ~ including the extension cords!

Air fare was dirt cheap that time of year too.

So, what did he do wrong? Well, it was in Puerto Rico. That was rather like holding a conference in Las Vegas.

Something really gets the dander up when bureaucrats discover a conference center and cheap airfare.

BTW, provable ~ if you have an average distribution of employees or other people you want to send to a conference, send them to Oklahoma City ~ your air fare savings will be incredible.

Oh, BTW, you do that through DFW. Flying to Dallas has been the cheapest deal for national draws for a number of decades, but OK City has cheap eats and cheaper hotels. There's a regular shuttle service back and forth between the two cities. Take advantage of it. Do it in August/September during the 110% humidity and 130 degree temperatures and they might even pay you to go there.

Your conference attendees will remember you for the rest of their lives.

20 posted on 04/03/2012 1:30:58 PM PDT by muawiyah
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