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April 27, 2014
13:41 // 4 months ago
April 7, 2012

A lavish General Services Administration Las Vegas conference, which occurred back in 2010, continues to simmer with controversy, with yesterday’s release of a number of videos shot at the event. The above is just one of many. The event has become something of a delayed-effect black eye for the Obama administration, at odds as it clearly is with a message of fiscal restraint. While the total price tag ($820,000) is a pittance in terms of federal spending figures, it’s a staggering amount to any normal human being, and the needlessness of it is laid pretty bare. Incidentally, President Obama himself decried this sort of behaviour back in 2010, though not about the GSA — he scolded corporate retreats to Las Vegas, made by companies who had received taxpayer bailouts.

22:01 // 2 years ago
April 3, 2012
A clown. A mind-reader. This sounds like a birthday party I attended at the age of 6. I don’t remember much. I think I cried a lot.
The Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri • Mocking the resignation of General Services Administration head Martha N. Johnson, who resigned Monday amid word of a lavish training conference in Las Vegas, held on the taxpayer’s dime. “Forget partying like a rock star. I want to party like the GSA,” Petri writes. We’re with her. Those bureaucrats get to have all the fun.
13:43 // 2 years ago