While millions of Americans are struggling to just find a job, millions more are struggling to make ends meet during these grand economic hey-day, one Federal department is not feeling any worries.
And, by that I mean, they are feeling no pain. In fact, they probably can't even drive let alone do the job we are paying them immensely for. Why?
It would appear that the cost-cutting measures that Pres Obama has instituted government-wide since taking office, while eliminating much of the governmental waste and corruption, one department still holds to the old Republican ideals of free-loading.
Months after President Obama urged federal agencies last year to cut wasteful spending, the U.S. Department of State paid $3,814 to fill an order of Jack Daniel's whiskey for gratuities at one of its many overseas embassies.
Last year alone, the State Department sent taxpayers tabs totaling nearly $300,000 for alcoholic beverages — about twice as much compared to the previous year, according to an analysis of spending records by The Washington Times.
The purchases, small and large, included $2,483 to pay for "assorted spirits for gratuities to vendors" at the U.S. mission to the United Nations in New York, and $9,501 in "Christmas gratuities" of whiskey and wine at the U.S. Embassy in South Korea.
But, rest assured. It is all above the board and legal, and all. Hic.. aahhh0oohh.... excuse me.
I mean, if it was wrong, then it would be illegal, right? Look at cigarette smoking.
State Department spokesman Noel Clay said such expenditures are permitted under law.
"As part of the department's work in representing the United States and its interests here and abroad, U.S. officials may hold receptions and representational events," he said.
"By law, the secretary of state may provide for such receptions and may pay entertainment and representational expenses to enable the Department of State and foreign service to provide for the proper representation of the United States and its interests," he said.
Nothing to see here. Move along. In fact, get the hell out of here. On your way out, drop your wallet by the door.
(If this occurs at just one department, what about all the others? We know this kind of thing does not end well.)