Tuesday, January 29, 2008

U.S. Dept. of Labor: Puttin' on the Ritz

Thank God we have fiscal conservatives running the federal government-otherwise the U.S. Department of Labor would've been meeting today at the W Hotel in Atlanta, or perhaps in Fiji, instead at the downtown Ritz. I was at the hotel with friends for lunch-on my own dime, not yours, let me point out-when we noticed that about eighty DOL employees were comfortably situated in the Palace Ballroom at the Ritz. Judging from the packets remaining on the registration table, participants came from other states, like North Carolina, and the schedule showed they would be there through 5 pm. Lunch, possibly breakfast, snacks (I saw lovely banana bread on the table) and some lodging were surely involved. Perhaps this is part of the GOP plan to stimulate the economy because they have to be spending a nice chunk of change.

Seriously, I'm not easily shocked, but this is ridiculous, and emblematic of the fat and waste in the federal government. At least now we know why we can't expand SCHIP. Outrageous.

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