Not gold plated.
Gizmodo ran a story minutes ago looking at the amount of money the Federal Government has spent, according to its Procurement Database, on goofy tech gadgets. Their list is interesting, in that there are some items that are easily justifiable; but naturally, this being the Government, there's plenty waste to be had as well.
Unfortunately, Giz stopped looking into things at tech gadgets, which is fine since that's a tech gadget blog... So I decided to take a quick peek to see if I could find out how much the government spent on the ultimate status symbol, the creme de la creme chair of office luxury -- the $900 Herman Miller Aeron chair.
If you guessed that between 1999 and 2011, the Federal Government spent $209,656,222.03 on the most luxurious office chair in existence, pat yourself on the back.
As the old saying goes, that's $209 million dollars we can't put towards education, whatever liberals mean whenever they say that.