Your tax dollars at work: Here’s what they were doing at that blowout GSA conference in Vegas

posted at 7:44 pm on April 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

Four days, 300 people, $823,000 in taxpayer money down the chute (including $146,000 in catered food and drink, i.e. $486 per person for eats), which means the agency “followed neither federal procurement laws nor its own policy on conference spending.” The bad news: According to Darrell Issa, the White House knew about this 11 months ago but didn’t do a thing about it until the press found out about the conference earlier this week. Since then, as guestblogger Steve Eggleston noted on Tuesday, the top administrator at GSA has resigned, two of her top aides were canned, and four regional managers have been placed on leave. The good news: Sounds like the conference was super fun, featuring a clown, a mind reader, and the man you see below, who chose the right song for a parody about pissing away lots of federal cash and not worrying about any flack from the Inspector General. Turns out he was wrong on that last point, but if not for the recent media attention, he probably wouldn’t have been. And the punchline? GSA’s mission is to help other federal agencies “foster an effective, sustainable, and transparent government for the American people.” In other words, they’re supposed to make big-government bureaucracy more efficient. So, naturally, they blew upwards of a cool mil on a big party with ponies and magicians or whatever.

The first half of the clip is from the employee’s parody vid, the second half is of GSA leadership rewarding him for it. And now that we’ve dispensed with a freak-show case of exorbitant federal spending, go look at this vastly more important graph from CBO about the trajectory of Obama’s DOA budget. Remember, it’s conventional wisdom on the left that America’s defense budget is ludicrously higher than it needs to be. And yet, even if you hold defense relatively steady, Obamanomics would lead to a national debt so enormous that interest payments on it would soar past defense within the decade. But it’s Paul Ryan who’s crazy.

Update: Via BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, I’ve added a second clip below fully in keeping with the theme of absurd recklessness in spending.


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Please got let our national nightmare end in November.

kjl291 on April 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM

For that kind of money SEX should have been included!

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2012 at 7:50 PM

The first video…probably what happened at Solyndra…back in the day.

Electrongod on April 5, 2012 at 7:50 PM

This government is beyond fixing. Let’s start over.

Cicero43 on April 5, 2012 at 7:52 PM

The GOP should be howling about this kind of waste from the rooftops and wrap this around Dear Leader’s & his Administration’s neck.But they won’t.

jeffinsjvca on April 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM

It is time to clean house. I am not going to allow my children to live under the rule of these imbeciles.

It is time to purge.

nitzsche on April 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I blame Senator Romney.

This is an activist court now.

The 99% will vote for Obama and he’s up by 40 points.

Good Lt on April 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM

That second video: A liar.

Electrongod on April 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM

The second clip shows the biggest joke, and the biggest spender of our times.

scalleywag on April 5, 2012 at 7:55 PM

YOU LIE!
—————————

The RNC has plenty of tape to use so does the GOP nominee
USE THEM…PLEASE!!!!

cmsinaz on April 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM

jeffinsjvca on April 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM

*shaking the head*

crickets chirping big time

cmsinaz on April 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM

The second video … he did take on entitlements quickly. He added another HUGE ONE with ObamaCare … oh, you thought he meant decrease entitlements? Bwaaahhahahahaha!

IrishEyes on April 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I applied for that job and was rejected.

When the lady called and said you did not get the job because of ukulele experience. I was confused at the time but now it makes perfect scene.

boogaleesnots on April 5, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Get a REAL JOB HIPPIE

400lb Gorilla on April 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM

For that kind of money SEX should have been included!

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Oh, people got screwed alright, trust me.

parke on April 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM

It seems to me that the unnamed government employee that made this “parody” was using government facilities to do so. Who is this guy, what’s his name, and what’s his “job”?

The video betrays a really cavalier attitude towards ethical behavior. Do we really want government employees “joking” about wasting our money, and then getting attaboys about it?

Tar and feathers are too good for them.

rokemronnie on April 5, 2012 at 8:07 PM

This is nothing…..you should see their lifetime pension and health care packages.

Rovin on April 5, 2012 at 8:11 PM

The streets.

Bmore on April 5, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Okay, the guy’s name is Hank Terlaje and he works in the GSA’s Hawaii office. I started to search on Beverly Chin. In the “parody” Terlaje raps “Miss Beverly Chin got money for days”. She’s a GSA contract administrator in the LA office that was in charge of renovations to the Federal Bldg in Hilo, Hawaii, a $7 to $10 million job.

rokemronnie on April 5, 2012 at 8:18 PM

This kind of crap goes on all the time with federal employees.

The other thing they do, is “networking” all over the world on the taxpayer’s dime in preparation for their private consulting businesses they create when they retire.

Blake on April 5, 2012 at 8:19 PM

The RNC has plenty of tape to use so does the GOP nominee
USE THEM…PLEASE!!!!

cmsinaz on April 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM

EVERY TIME YOU GET A PHONE CALL FOR DONATIONS FOR THE RNC OR GOP WHATEVER, A LETTER, OR AN E-MAIL FROM THEM, TELL THEM THIS; TELL THEM THAT THEY GET NO MONEY UNTIL THEY PULL OUT ALL OF THE STOPS TO FLUSH THIS TURD AND HIS CABAL OF CROOKS.

Tangentially, I was listening to Larry Elder in Los Angeles on the way home this afternoon and he said a focus group guy for the McLame campaign told him that the Reverend Wright thing was the biggest negative they had on Obama but that sclerotic old — er — war hero said he didn’t want to use it. The guy told Elder that, had that been used, Obama’s campaign would have been killed in the crib.

This is NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.

The War Planner on April 5, 2012 at 8:22 PM

The GOP should be howling about this kind of waste from the rooftops and wrap this around Dear Leader’s & his Administration’s neck.But they won’t.

jeffinsjvca on April 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM

They give the GOP a ton of stuff to use against them and they ignore it. Yet, after one insignificant hearing where the Republicans rejected some unknown woman named Fluke, the democrats immediately turned it into a “War on Women” WTF! Why are our people so scared?

Alabama Infidel on April 5, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I’m glad no one is scolding Vegas for this! Maybe they’re finally getting their fair share of fed money since Dingy Harry doesn’t bring home the bacon. :)

oIIIIIo on April 5, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Obama brings a “Welfare Queen Mentality” to the White House!!!

…sitting on his @$$…waiting for his government check….not interested in a real job.

landlines on April 5, 2012 at 8:28 PM

“…a bunch of mindless jerks who’ll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes…”

Douglas Adams
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy

kurtzz3 on April 5, 2012 at 8:30 PM

For that much money, they should’ve had a few strippers thrown in.

n0doz on April 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

To be fair, I seem to recall a lot of people on this blog and Fox demogouging Obama when he told a bunch of CEO’s of companies that were getting bailed out by the taxpayers that they couldn’t use that money to hand out bonuses and take extra trips to Vegas. People were screaming that “OMG OBAMA IS TRYING TO DESTROY THE VEGAS ECONOMY AND F-CK OVER NEVADA” yada yada.

So let’s be honest, companies that get bailed out by the government do have to do what the government tells them to do.

Cordell on April 5, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Demagoguing, even.

Cordell on April 5, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I thought the buck stopped at Idi Amin’s desk???…

PatriotRider on April 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

For that kind of money SEX should have been included!

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2012 at 7:50 PM

It was…the US Taxpayer just got f**ked out of $800k.

But, seriously folks…Hope! Change! Look over there, Haliburton!

BlaxPac on April 5, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I hope they at least spent some money at one of my stores here. As hard as Obama has worked to f*ck over Las Vegas, (and he’s been quite successful doing that) they could at least leave a tip once in a while.

Harbingeing on April 5, 2012 at 8:55 PM

2010: Obama Hails Head of GSA for “Creating a Culture Where . . . Work Is What You Do” — Same Year She Blew $822,000 on Las Vegas Blitz Called “Training Seminar”

http://weaselzippers.us/2012/04/05/2010-obama-hails-head-of-gsa-for-creating-a-culture-where-work-is-what-you-do-same-year-she-blew-822000-on-las-vegas-blitz-called-training-seminar/

Zcat on April 5, 2012 at 8:57 PM

800 large? Meh. The cost of a single weekend for Moochelle and twenty or so buds for a 4 day vacay or a dinner party they throw each week at the White House, with the Kobe steaks and lobster. Obama and family spill 800 large like I might give a 25% tip to a waiter or waitress for good service at lunch.

TXUS on April 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM

It’s Bush’s fault.

goflyers on April 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Show this to the 21 million unemployed and underemployed and I think Obama would have reason to worry about his chances in Nov.

Hey, Mitt – Prove to me you want this job and make sure your campaign starts using this stuff to win this year. Hell, it doesn’t take any real work, the ads have been writing themselves lately.

goflyers on April 5, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Gubbament Unions
BLOATED Fed Gubbamint

YEP…

.

..and this little “window of truth” display only scratches the surface..:(

BigSven on April 6, 2012 at 4:53 AM

Can we check to see if this employee is actually a legal citizen as well?

LoganSix on April 6, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Many government agencies hire based on diversity goals rather than qualifications. Then they hire a contractor to do the work that the new government employee is not qualified to perform.

What’s wrong with this picture?

zoyclem on April 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I’m working for the wrong part of the gubmint….
As a contractor under a Defense agency, if I go on business travel and get a hotel room for even $1 over GSA per diem standard rate, I run into all kinds of crap. And that’s after justifying the trip with a detailed explanation as to why a video-teleconference isn’t sufficient instead of traveling.

dentarthurdent on April 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM