GSA Inspector General investigating potential bribes and kickbacks at agency

posted at 11:01 am on April 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This may come as a shock to readers, but the agency that spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on bogus, self-congratulatory “meetings” and bubble baths for its regional commissioner might also have been involved in a little graft, too.  The Inspector General of the GSA told Congress yesterday that he has opened an investigation into allegations of bribery and kickbacks, deepening the potential scandal:

The inspector general for the General Services Administration said Monday that he is investigating possible bribery and kickbacks in the agency, as lawmakers accused the former GSA administrator of allowing a Las Vegas spending scandal to erode taxpayers’ trust in government.

Inspector General Brian Miller told a congressional committee scrutinizing an $823,000 Las Vegas conference that his office has asked the Justice Department to investigate “all sorts of improprieties” surrounding the 2010 event, “including bribes, including possible kickbacks.” He did not provide details.

Miller’s revelations of possible further misconduct by organizers of the four-day event, coming on the heels of a highly critical report, enraged Democrats and Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The lawmakers put GSA officials on the defensive during a tense four-hour hearing, with some Republicans loudly rebuking former administrator Martha N. Johnson and her colleagues.

Small wonder, then, that regional commissioner Jeff “Bubble Bath” Neely took the Fifth Amendment when called to answer for himself in Congress yesterday:

The General Services Administration official at the center of a scandal over lavish government spending declined to answer questions at a congressional hearing on Monday, invoking the Fifth Amendment.

“Mr. Chairman, on the advice of my counsel I respectfully decline to answer based upon my Fifth Amendment constitutionally privilege,” Jeff Neely, the GSA official, said repeatedly in response to a string of questions from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

I wondered about Neely’s action when I first heard about it.  Certainly, it’s every American’s right to protect himself against self-incrimination while under oath, but until now, there hadn’t been any allegations of serious criminality in the GSA scandal — only exceedingly poor judgment.  If the IG has now begun looking into graft and corruption at the agency, that makes this an entirely different kettle of very stinky fish indeed.

That’s not to say that the potential criminality is the entire extent of the scandal, though.  Last week’s reporting on the story included a couple of smaller but still significant items into the mindset of the people involved — and the administration’s efforts to defend itself.  First, Roll Call’s Jonathan Strong reported that the GSA didn’t just settle for overspending on normal team-building events, but went way out of their way to find excuses to stage new ones, including the creation of a Jackass Award:

Officials at the General Services Administration invented fake awards as an excuse to hold taxpayer-funded dinner events at conferences, according to an interview transcript obtained by Roll Call.

At one such event, GSA bestowed the “jackass award” on an employee, a GSA employee told the agency’s Office of Inspector General, according to the transcript. …

In the interview transcript obtained by Roll Call, a GSA employee who attended the Las Vegas conference said the administration’s officials routinely created awards to justify taxpayer reimbursement for dinner events.

“Typically at any — any conference in my memory over the last three or four years, probably even further back, there was always — there’s always one night where we have an awards ceremony and people are fed. I mean, it’s not even like it’s snacks. I mean, sometimes it’s pretty close to being like a full meal,” the employee said.

Describing the award ceremonies as a “running joke,” the employee said, supervisors explained that the fake awards were designed to justify dinner events at the conferences.

“He says: ‘OK, everybody, just remember, the only way we can have food is if we have an awards ceremony.’ Maybe not in those exact words, but fairly similar,” the employee said.

Also last week, an anonymous source within the Obama administration tried to argue that costs had actually gone down at GSA events since the lavish years of the Bush administration.  US News reported that this Politico source flat-out lied to get the heat off of the White House:

But an anonymous source provided numbers to the news outletPolitico last week, floating the idea that the opulence of the GSA Western Region Conference had its roots in the Bush administration.

The source turned over documents to Politico showing that from 2004 to 2006 the cost of the conference ballooned by nearly 250 percent from $93,000 to $323,855.

But the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform says that whomever provided those numbers from the Obama administration fibbed.

“Instead of costs going up 248 percent between 2004 and 2006 as had been claimed, costs were actually reduced from $401,024 in 2004 to $323,855 in 2006—a 19 percent decrease,” the press release from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform stated.

Classy.  The very stinky fish tends to rot from the head down, after all.


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I really could have done without that cover photo….

dentarthurdent on April 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM

The very stinky fish tends to rot from the head down, after all.

StinkyFish.gov

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM

oh boy… Ed, I don’t want to know where you got that picture.

But, the Obama Admin blaming Bush… wow, just wow.

upinak on April 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

How about investigations of Congreesscritters & where they get THEIR money?
Hmmmm?
Thought not.

Badger40 on April 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Only one question: Where the hell has the IG been for the past few years?

Maybe at a few of these meetings?

Marcus Traianus on April 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

The stench of rotting fish.

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Bubble Bath….heh. That’s gonna stick.

ted c on April 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Who do they think they are? Unaccountable bureaucrats? Well, they were, until they got sloppy.

RBMN on April 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Most transparent administration evahhh

sandee on April 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Inspector General Brian Miller told a congressional committee scrutinizing an $823,000 Las Vegas conference that his office has asked the Justice Department to investigate “all sorts of improprieties” surrounding the 2010 event, “including bribes, including possible kickbacks.” He did not provide details.

I’m sure Eric Holder will get right on that. Right after he’s done investigating Fast & Furious.

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2012 at 11:08 AM

We need to give more money and power to the State because that is the Christian thing to do.

And rampant government spending isn’t just morally righteous, but it’s stimulative too: “That’s the whole point! No seriously, that’s the point!

forest on April 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I really could have done without that cover photo….

dentarthurdent on April 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Ditto. It’s just ooky.

totherightofthem on April 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

oh boy… Ed, I don’t want to know where you got that picture.

But, the Obama Admin blaming Bush… wow, just wow.

upinak on April 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Hey, what isn’t Bush’s fault in Obamaland?

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

No need to jail them. Just order their union to cover the charges for similar gatherings, going ten-fifteen years back. Double win: the treasury gets the money back, and Kamrad Obamov doesn’t get his contribution.

Archivarix on April 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

This is prevalent in gov. work. First, they shouldn’t be scheduling conferences around the world. What happened to teleconferencing? Then they extend their stays on the taxpayers dime. Occasionally, they will get caught. At most they may have to reimburse the feds for the extra days in the hotel. Not sure about all the other expenses, i.e., per diem, car rental, etc. But, that’s it.

Blake on April 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

This is D.C. in a nutshell. The GSA is only the tip of the Iceburg on fraud waste and abuse in our Federal Government. I will defend the Obama administration in that this has nothing to do with them or any one administration. This is what happens when the government is too big for any real oversight.

gator70 on April 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

While this scandal pales in comparison to Fast and Furious, it’s the kind that can’t be ignored by the press that easily. This very well could become for Team Obama the equivalent of the House banking scandal of the early 90s, and the Republicans need to keep pounding the story for that very reason. Combine this with the green energy failures, particularly Solyndra, and we could be golden come November.

TXUS on April 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I’m putting in an application with the GSA today ! Why slave away when i can live like a king on your dime !!!

Ragnar Danneskold on April 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

The Obamanation Administration… corrupt from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave all the way down. Invest in Federal Prison stocks, by the time all the Obamanation Administration Officials are tried on corruption charges those stocks will be worth a fortune. (yes, that is sarc)

SWalker on April 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

“On advice of counsel…” And the counsel offering this advice doesn’t understand the difference between a privilege and a right? The Fifth Amendment enumerates an individual’s right against self-incrimination, it is not a privilege granted by the government, but recognized and guaranteed by it. It is not a privilege which may be revoked or restricted.

Let’s keep those words straight, and don’t ever trust a mouthpiece who can’t tell the difference.

Freelancer on April 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Hey, what isn’t Bush’s fault in Obamaland?

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

you’re right, I forgot my sarc tag.

upinak on April 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM

It’s amazing the room you can get in Vegas for $99 per night!

http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/100120

NoDonkey on April 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM

My favorite part of the hearings:

“I want indictments!” bellowed Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). With a preacher’s fervor, he compared the bureaucrats unfavorably with their biblical forbears. “The tribes of Israel sent 12 scouts into the Promised Land before they decided to invade, and GSA has to send 15 to Las Vegas to check out a hotel? Do you not see the outrage?”

Anybody who attended this conference had to know that this was way out of ethical boundaries. But what’s $823K when Leon Panetta blew through $860K for 32 trips back to the family estate in California? It’s not like we are in fiscally constrained times or anything the way these people are spending public dollars.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Just imagine whats in Neelys head right now…..

For a few years, he’s been on top of the world…a highly paid public servant, the boss of hundreds of employees, Master of Ceremonies at lavish private conferences.

Probably worked himself up from counting unused rolls of “Paper, Tissue, Sanitary, 8 ea”, to heading the Stapler Division, and then his big break, maintaining the Vault of Surplus/Obsolete Software where not a single copy of Windows 3.1, 95 or 98SE was lost or stolen.

Now, he fears merely stating his current job title might be evidence of a crime.

Oh, to be a mere GS-9 all over again.

BobMbx on April 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Clean up in aisle 4.

FlaMurph on April 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM

We need to give more money and power to the State because that is the Christian thing to do.

And rampant government spending isn’t just morally righteous, but it’s stimulative too: “That’s the whole point! No seriously, that’s the point!“

forest on April 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

And the a-holes in the audience laugh.

VegasRick on April 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I thought Nanzi said she was going to drain the swamp? hmmmm.

Kissmygrits on April 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM

It’s like the Obama administration is looking out for conservatives everywhere.

One mismanagement scandal dries up, another one arises to take its place.

KingGold on April 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM

This is what happens when the government is too big for any real oversight.

gator70 on April 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I posted this when the story first broke. There were 300 people at that conference. There should have been 300 waste, fraud, abuse complaints to the GSA Inspector General. Nobody with even the least understanding of government ethics could have thought that the conference was within guidelines!

I gotta say though that Mr. Neely is a contender for having the worst week in Washington this week. Not only does he get to testify before Congress on a subject that is tailor made for politicians running for reelection, but that picture of him in the tub is all over the place!

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Just imagine whats in Neelys head right now…..

For a few years, he’s been on top of the world…a highly paid public servant, the boss of hundreds of employees, Master of Ceremonies at lavish private conferences.

Probably worked himself up from counting unused rolls of “Paper, Tissue, Sanitary, 8 ea”, to heading the Stapler Division, and then his big break, maintaining the Vault of Surplus/Obsolete Software where not a single copy of Windows 3.1, 95 or 98SE was lost or stolen.

Now, he fears merely stating his current job title might be evidence of a crime.

Oh, to be a mere GS-9 all over again.

BobMbx on April 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

So, he’ll retire early on his vested pension and become a highly paid “consultant” with million dollar contracts from the feds.

Blake on April 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM

What pisses me off the most is that we get stories of government overspending and wasting taxpayer money all the time. And yet, Congress and the President (under either party) will turn around and tell us taxpayers with a straight face that it’s hard to find places to cut the budget.

The whole of DC is filled with nothing but corrupt liars!

gravityman on April 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I have an idea! Let’s eliminate the GSA, that way government agencies don’t have to settle for this lowest bidder nonsense. Maybe these agencies wouldn’t function so horribly if they were able to pay for quality.

ernesto on April 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Wasn’t his wife with him? Who paid her way?

Blake on April 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Oh, to be a mere GS-9 all over again.

BobMbx on April 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Neely could well get that wish fulfilled.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I thought Nanzi said she was going to drain the swamp? hmmmm.

Kissmygrits on April 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Nanzi IS the swamp.

stukinIL4now on April 17, 2012 at 11:24 AM

gravityman on April 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

The point is not that cutting the budget is difficult, it’s cutting so much. Cutting a million here and a million there is easy, cutting hundreds of billions is difficult. If you can’t make that distinction, then maybe you should just ignore the whole issue. Stick to something simpler, like hating gay people.

ernesto on April 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Wasn’t his wife with him? Who paid her way?

Blake on April 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

From the report I heard, that is part of the criminal investigation. Not only wife but friends not associated with the conference or GSA were allegedly invited by Neely to party at govt. expense. If true, the man should be put on trial.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Could we get the SEIU wrapped into this somehow?

Tater Salad on April 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I wonder if anyone will ask them if little Bammie’s extended lavish vacations for his extended family affected their judgement on departmental spending?

Anyone else noticing that little Bammie seems totally divorced from this scandal? Had this happened a few years ago, President George W. Bush would be the one taking questions from very aggressive reporters. It would be “a Bush scandal”.

slickwillie2001 on April 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM

If you can’t make that distinction, then maybe you should just ignore the whole issue. Stick to something simpler, like hating gay people.

ernesto on April 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Ernie, you’ve changed. You used to be carefree and clueless, but, sadly, you’ve become bitter and clueless. What happened? Is it Obamacare?

a capella on April 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Next we’ll be electing tax cheats or appointing them to cabinet positions.

What?

No. Really?

OkieDoc on April 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

BobMbx on April 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

That’s beautiful. The happy ending to that story ought to include a reacharound in prison.

Neely’s 5th Symphony. Ed is a master wordsmith isn’t he?

DanMan on April 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The Obama Looter Administration.

BigWyo on April 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

ernesto on April 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Are you still OK with lynching Hispanics for the greater good?

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

ernesto on April 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

hey ernesto. F*CK YOU!

You clearly have no clue who I am. I am one of the most vocal people on here about gay rights. Unlike some here, I actually support gay marriage. So before you go spouting off about me, know who the f*ck you are talking to!

And as for knowing government finances, I work in government f*cking accounting for a major government contractor. I probably know a damn sight more than you do about what the government spends it’s money on day in and day out, because I deal with the money they spend day in and day out.

gravityman on April 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

That…that…that’s Bush in the bubble bath!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

The point is not that cutting the budget is difficult, it’s cutting so much. Cutting a million here and a million there is easy, cutting hundreds of billions is difficult. If you can’t make that distinction, then maybe you should just ignore the whole issue. Stick to something simpler, like hating gay people.

ernesto on April 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

ernie, ernie, ernie.. this has nothing to do with a budget. This has to do with government officials using the money you and I work our butts off for, vacationing in spots and using our hard earned money. Do you want someone taking your money and spending it on hookers you can’t touch?

Lets keep things in perspective.

upinak on April 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Anyone else noticing that little Bammie seems totally divorced from this scandal? Had this happened a few years ago, President George W. Bush would be the one taking questions from very aggressive reporters. It would be “a Bush scandal”.

slickwillie2001 on April 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Barry only appointed the woman in charge of the agency.

Other than that, he had nothing to do with it. Nothing!

NoDonkey on April 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

gravityman on April 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

ernie has learned how to push buttons.. don’t let him find your easy button.

upinak on April 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Having one’s picture taken in a hot tub never ends well, even when with your wife.

TXUS on April 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM

SWalker on April 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

That may be /, but boy it is true.

OkieDoc on April 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM

ernie has learned how to push buttons.. don’t let him find your easy button.

upinak on April 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I usually don’t let that happen. But I don’t like being accused of bigotry just because I post here and so ernesto assumes I must be some hardcore gay hater, when in fact it is one of the positions I probably oppose most of the conservatives here on.

gravityman on April 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Anyone else noticing that little Bammie seems totally divorced from this scandal? Had this happened a few years ago, President George W. Bush would be the one taking questions from very aggressive reporters. It would be “a Bush scandal”.

slickwillie2001 on April 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I don’t think this would have been a “Bush scandal” but there certainly would have been more effort by the MSM to suggest that the administration was out of control.

In the meantime, let’s review the bidding.

- The GSA spends $823K on a conference for 300 people. It came complete with $19/head for artisan cheese, commemorative coins, mind readers, and clowns.

- Leon Panetta spent $860K on 32 trips for weekend trips to the family estate in California. That’s over $26K a trip at taxpayer expense for no other reason than the Panettas opted not to move to DC full-time.

- The Secret Service support team in Columbia apparently were out-of control buying time with hookers and going to a sex club. At the same time Hillary Clinton was doing shots at some bar and Obama boasts about scouting for his grifter wife’s next taxpayer paid vacation.

And that is just in the news this past week! Now I ask you, does this sound like an administration in control and serious about doing the America’s business?

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM

gravityman on April 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM

No worries, but he now knows what your triggers are.

Oh and welcome :)

upinak on April 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Is everyone in the Zero administration partying like there’s no tomorrow? It sure seems that way.

dogsoldier on April 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Ruh-roh somebody’s got pee in their cereal ….

angrymike on April 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Cutting a million here and a million there is easy, cutting hundreds of billions is difficult.

ernesto on April 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

BS. Cutting a million here and a million there… and then you’re talking some REAL money. How do you think you GET to billions of dollars? (Hint… its by blowing through millions first)

If you’re too incompetent to cut the easy stuff… of course you’re too incompetent to cut the hard stuff. Duh.

And cutting billions is easy. Need me to do it? Just give me the budget, a red pen, and the authority to cut and I’ll happily do it.

Oh wait… Congress can’t even come up with the budget. Yeah…

dominigan on April 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

People all across the country are putting meatless days into their meal planning to make ends meet, and they see federal officials actively looking for ways to waste more tax dollars. Is it any wonder the people in this country are becoming outraged?

Vashta.Nerada on April 17, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Gravity man
remember that little pee-on would never say that stuff to your face……….

angrymike on April 17, 2012 at 11:45 AM

gravityman on April 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

…tell him how you really feel!
(That’s why I like you gravityman!)

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM

The GSA must have had something really good on Obama’s team.

First the GSA, now the SS. Alinsky would be proud.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Who the h%%$ takes a picture of themselves in a bathtub? Are they, like, 3 years old or what?

Alibali on April 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM

“If I were a white gay male, he’d be my wife”

Barack Hussein O’Bama

Fuquay Steve on April 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Ruh-roh somebody’s got pee in their cereal ….

angrymike on April 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

…nooooooooo…it was a dump… in the Corn Flakes!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM

eeeeewww…..

….. I hope he showered before he got in there!

itsspideyman on April 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I guarantee this is not the only federal agency doing this type of thing.

aniptofar on April 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM

But remember, if we cut any government spending it’ll result in the firing of cops, firemen, and teachers. You don’t hate children and kittens stuck in trees do you?

forest on April 17, 2012 at 11:49 AM

“Instead of costs going up 248 percent between 2004 and 2006 as had been claimed, costs were actually reduced from $401,024 in 2004 to $323,855 in 2006—a 19 percent decrease,” the press release from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform stated.

Inspector General Brian Miller told a congressional committee scrutinizing an $823,000 Las Vegas conference that his office has asked the Justice Department to investigate “all sorts of improprieties” surrounding the 2010 event, “including bribes, including possible kickbacks.” He did not provide details.

Meaning that the cost of the event MORE THAN DOUBLED between 2006 and 2010. Wasn’t this about the time Obama was telling banking executives NOT to go to Vegas?

Of course, the O-bomb was in Colombia yesterday looking for a vacation spot for Moochelle. They can both go–as long as it’s a one-way ticket in January 2013.

Steve Z on April 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Boy, if there was ever someone who needed a good A$$ kicking………

Rohall1215 on April 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I really could have done without that cover photo….

dentarthurdent on April 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I’d like to know who took the photo???…

PatriotRider on April 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

But remember, if we cut any government spending it’ll result in the firing of cops, firemen, and teachers. You don’t hate children and kittens stuck in trees do you?

forest on April 17, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Exactly my original point. Congress can’t find any place to cut or else it will result in cops and fireman off the street and teachers not in classrooms (although, last I checked, those were local services paid by local tax dollars augmented by block grants from the Feds, not directly paid services of the Feds). It seems to me, I could find at least $823,000.00 that the GSA could have done without in this year’s budget without breaking a sweat. I’m sure a bit more digging by people in the know could get a lot more savings, multiplied across a couple hundred federal agencies.

gravityman on April 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

As ‘Chelle and Zero could tell you, it’s LOTS of fun spending other people’s money.

It would also be interesting to see why civil servants get bonuses given that the public sector is ostensibly Not For Profit. (The Executive Branch is certainly for the Prophet but I digress…)

CorporatePiggy on April 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I’d like to know who took the photo???…

PatriotRider on April 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

No, you really don’t want to know. It’ll turn out to be Elton John (shudder).

CorporatePiggy on April 17, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I’d like to know who took the photo???…

PatriotRider on April 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

They said on the news last night that it was his wife who took the picture. No explanation how the heck it became public domain but I’m wondering if it was on the GSA conference website that was taken down when this story broke.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I actually support gay marriage.

gravityman on April 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

You’re also a GOP voter. You can’t really be both, unless you can believe that I care deeply for fiscal responsibility while planning to vote for Barack Obama.

ernesto on April 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I actually support gay marriage.

gravityman on April 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM
You’re also a GOP voter. You can’t really be both, unless you can believe that I care deeply for fiscal responsibility while planning to vote for Barack Obama.

ernesto on April 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Barack Obama isn’t for gay marriage either (wink wink).

NoDonkey on April 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM

As ‘Chelle and Zero and Bush and Clinton and Bush and Reagan and Carter, etc. could tell you, it’s LOTS of fun spending other people’s money.

CorporatePiggy on April 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM

ernesto on April 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM

NoDonkey on April 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Fair enough, but only one party makes gay hatred a plank on its platform…

ernesto on April 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM

This one just about takes us full-tilt across the Pitchforks Threshold.

Where is OWS when you need them?

Tsar of Earth on April 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I’d like to know who took the photo???…

PatriotRider on April 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

His wife. It was on her google+ account, apparently. There are several more. It’s obvious that they were relishing the treatment, and that it’s way above their normal scale.

TexasDan on April 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Fair enough, but only one party makes gay hatred a plank on its platform…

ernesto on April 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Smears from the party that kills babies don’t really bug us very much, you know.

TexasDan on April 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

You’re also a GOP voter. You can’t really be both, unless you can believe that I care deeply for fiscal responsibility while planning to vote for Barack Obama.

ernesto on April 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

More assumptions.

Again, you know nothing of my voting habits. While it’s true I don’t vote for Democrats, because I don’t believe we can just keep spending and spending and spending and somehow the deficits and debt will come down by the magic of unicorn farts, that doesn’t mean I always vote GOP either.

Not every GOP politician is anti-gay marriage (although the majority are). Neither is gay marriage my primary reason to vote, so it is not the deciding factor in who I vote for. I actually believe the gay marriage issue is simply one of time and inevitability regardless of who I vote for, so it isn’t a major voting issue for me.

To be honest, I hate both parties, I just hate the Democrats a bit more than the Republicans. I’m often stuck voting for the lesser of two evils. I can’t remember the last time I voted “for” someone. The honest truth is that both parties lie, cheat, steal, and engage in crony captialism to grow government, spend more money, and provide kickbacks to their political donors.

Go ahead and believe there are two parties in this country if it makes you feel better. They spout their differences in public for the appeal of the masses, but when they get to Washington it’s all one party… the Party of Whatever-Keeps-Me-In-Power-And-Makes-Me-Rich.

gravityman on April 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Not only does he get to testify before Congress on a subject that is tailor made for politicians running for reelection, but that picture of him in the tub is all over the place!

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM

.
Neely to wife: “Thanks a HELL of a LOT, Honey! IF only you hadn’t posted this snappy of me in the tub on your damn blog! WHY? Why Why Why?”

ExpressoBold on April 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM

And what are the odds that the Republicans in the House do something more than hold hearings and send letters?

zero

Its like the Seinfeld episode concerning rental cars and reservations.

Republicans in the House are good at starting investigations but its finishing them that really matters. Anybody can start an investigation…

joey24007 on April 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Smears from the party that kills babies don’t really bug us very much, you know.

TexasDan on April 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

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Uh Oh! I read that as:
Fair enough, but only one party makes gay hatred unborn baby hatred and murder a plank on its platform…
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Did I get that right?

ExpressoBold on April 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM

And what are the odds that the Republicans in the House do something more than hold hearings and send letters?

zero

joey24007 on April 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Um, be fair here. The GSA Inspector General’s investigation is still going on and there is the possibility of criminal wrongdoing. The senior “leadership” of the GSA has been fired. What, besides holding hearings would you have Congress do at this point.

And while you ponder that question, also ask yourself why a it has taken so long for the administration to come clean about a conference held two years ago. Why did it take so long for the Inspector General to act? This smacks of a cover up by Ms. Johnson and other top officials.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Did anyone else cringe each time you heard him mention the 5th Amendment PRIVILEGE? Didn’t his lawyer even know that the Constitution is supposed to protect RIGHTS, which aren’t given by gubmint and theoretically can’t be taken away by the same.

TugboatPhil on April 17, 2012 at 12:31 PM

An Inspector General doing his job?

Isn’t it time to fire him?

patch on April 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Potential
LOL HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH
Potential

astonerii on April 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM

we screwed when the bureaucrats become the 1%. They’ll never give up their privilege without a really steep bribe. Oh the land of progressives is so….dirty and slimy.

Fuquay Steve on April 17, 2012 at 1:37 PM

When I first saw that picture I thought it was Kingsjester in his bunker…

Bradky on April 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM

the one time we need some clown to blow hiself up for 72 vestial virgins and they are nowhere to be seen.

although I don’t think we could possibly get by without this “key group of governement employees”. Vital to every Americans life according to the SEIU

acyl72 on April 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM