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The party continues


POSTED: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 5:36pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 6:14pm

I am sure some of you are paying attention to the GSA story which just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

That's the agency which first got into trouble for a lavish $1 million party for its members in Las Vegas.

Now, more trickles out.

I'm sure you've seen pictures of Jeffrey Neely from the GSA in a Vegas hot tub with 2 glasses of champagne getting his party on, on your dime.

We find out all this while some in Congress keep telling us they need more of our money, so they can cash in on stuff like this?

No, sir!

Jeffrey Neely, the regional commissioner with the General Services Administration who was the chief organizer of a lavish conference paid for with more than $800,000 in tax money, received a $9,000 bonus courtesy of U.S. taxpayers.

The bonus was an issue raised at a House hearing on Monday that focused on the 2010 conference in Las Vegas and the over-the-top spending revealed in a report issued earlier this month by the GSA Office of Inspector General.

Martha Johnson, the GSA administrator and Obama appointee who resigned ahead of the report's release.

Ms. Johnson was asked why did you give that $9,000 bonus?

She said, at a congressional hearing, "I gave that $9,000 bonus because I was focused on performance and because I - the recommendation came from the building's commissioner, who was the direct budget and supervisor of Mr. Neely,"

What a party.

And now it looks like they've spent even more on other things.

The investigation continues.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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Let's look at it from the bureaucratic, i.e. progressive federalist, point of view. "If we didn't spend (waste) it on something this year, we'll lose it next year then people will suffer. Minorities will starve, scholl children will become malnurished, elderly will freeze, unwed mothers will die from lack of care, etc., etc., etc.." Hmm, those lines sound familiar.

In a government elite America, only private enterprise is accountable.

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