The reason government bureauweenies spend money so extravagantly that they are literally bankrupting the country is that it is our money, not theirs. For example, the leftist ideologues running the rogue Justice Department — who help drug cartels smuggle weapons and will not investigate civil rights abuses if the victims are Caucasians — pay $16 apiece for muffins to munch on while they sit around conference tables bloviating uselessly.
[An Inspector General audit released Tuesday] found that DOJ employees attended or participated in 1,832 conferences with a total cost of $121 million in fiscal years 2008 and 2009. The Inspector General analyzed 10 specific conferences which cost $4.4 million.
The report revealed, “one conference served $16 muffins while another served Beef Wellington hors d’oeuvres that cost $7.32 per serving. Coffee and tea at the events cost between $0.62 and $1.03 an ounce. At the $1.03 per-ounce price, an 8-ounce cup of coffee would have cost $8.24.”
Only Big Government could make Starbucks look like a bargain.
[A]t an Office of Violence Against Women conference, “OVW conference attendees received Cracker Jacks, popcorn, and candy bars at a single break that cost $32 per person.”
This from the same government that has been leaning on restaurants to serve us less tasty food for the sake of our body mass indexes.
The $16 muffins were served at a conference hosted by the Executive Office for Immigration and Review (EOIR). “The EOIR spent $4,200 on 250 muffins and $2,880 on 300 cookies and brownies. By itemizing these costs, we determined that, with service and gratuity, muffins cost over $16 each and cookies and brownies cost almost $10 each,” the audit noted.
What are the odds that America will be worse off if the Executive Office for Immigration and Review is herded onto an old barge and sunk in the middle of the Atlantic before it can spend another penny?
Multiply this arrogant waste by billions and it becomes obvious why our economy is circling the drain.
On tips from J and Dave H. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.