Sex, Lies And Videotaped Government Scandals...

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    Good article from Melanie Sturm


    Why the Public Sector is more likely to waste money than the private sector.


    What do you get when you cross George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” with John Belushi’s “Animal House”? “Government Gone Wild”!

    No, that’s not the title of a porn movie about U.S. Secret Service agents cavorting with prostitutes in foreign countries or employees of the U.S. General Services Administration whooping it up in Las Vegas at taxpayers’ expense.

    The hard truth is that the larger government grows, the more Orwellian and “Animal House” its conduct becomes. Belushi’s character, Bluto, exercised no greater restraint around free beer than did GSA Regional Director Jeff Neely and his employees, whose exploits at their $823,000 Las Vegas “team-building” soirée were videotaped, only to dominate newscasts this month. Bluto couldn’t have carpe diem-ed on his parents’ allowance better than Neely, who wrote in an invitation to friends, “We’ll pick up the room tab. … I know I’m bad, but … why not enjoy it while we have it? … Ain’t gonna last forever.”

    Since government depends on resources drawn from the real economy, consider these facts: After the GSA’s inspector general reported Neely’s misconduct, Neely still received a 2011 bonus; the average GSA salary is nearly $92,000, about $40,000 more than the median household income; and the GSA’s budget rose 119 percent in 2011. Furthermore, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported in January that federal employees enjoy greater job security and earn significantly higher compensation than comparable private-sector workers.

    Having worked in a large bureaucracy (the World Bank), I believe most public servants are decent, skilled and dedicated, though rarely are “per-diem” allowances unspent or self-justifications un-uttered. It’s a truism that people won’t spend other people’s money as carefully as they spend their own. Unlike households, which strive to boost savings by minimizing expenses, government bureaucracies spend what they’re given while justifying more for next year. They also lack the expertise and market discipline to invest wisely, as evidenced by the “green investments” in now-bankrupt companies such as Solyndra.

    Here’s the ultimate question: Why transfer more money from the real economy to those who are intrinsically more wasteful, negligent and indifferent to its ultimate good?...


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    And Big Government just keeps getting bigger & bigger.
     
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    Neely gets the boot at GSA...
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    GSA parts ways with executive who hosted $823,000 Las Vegas conference in 2010
    May 24`12 WASHINGTON — The General Services Administration executive who was responsible for a lavish, $823,000 conference in Las Vegas is no longer with the GSA, the agency confirmed Thursday.
     
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    Time to boot the GSA completely. Another corrupt useless bureaucracy the People don't need.
     

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