POSTED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 6:07pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 21, 2013 - 5:35pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Nothing is too good for our bureaucrats.
If you're in the federal government, you're a special person.
The last few years it's been rough on many of us. We've all had to watch our money. Things are so out of control in D.C., we are shut down while the
pencil pushers look for a way to make ends meet. But, right before the shutdown your state department, run by the sophisticated John Kerry, got what they wanted at the last minute.
This from the Daily Paul website:
"The U.S. State Department finalized a $5 million custom order for crystal glasses and bar accessories Sept. 30, one day before the government shutdown. The order was made just hours before Closing war memorial and installing orders that arrest veterans. May this go down as, 'let them drink from crystal wine glass moment.' Let them eat cake!"
Vermont company Simon Pearce was awarded the contract. It makes hand blown crystal that retails for about $85 per wine glass.
The order was for 12,000 pieces for American embassies.
While the timing looks problematic in light of the government shutdown, government orders are typically made during the last week of September, otherwise purchases will have to be held off for another fiscal year.
The State Department isn't alone with its late orders.
The Washington Post reports the Department of Veterans Affairs spent more than a half-million dollars on artwork.
By the way, I called Fat Dogs Liquor Store today, and they have wine glasses ranging from $3 - $40.
I'll bet the $3 glasses are plastic, or at least I hope they are, because when you tilt up your pinkie and the glass falls out of your hand it won't break.
That's my point of view what's yours?
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