Months after President Obama urged federal agencies last year to cut wasteful spending, the U.S. Department of State paid $3,814 to fill an order of Jack Daniel’s whiskey for gratuities at one of its many overseas embassies.
The booze buy wasn’t unusual.
Last year alone, the State Department sent taxpayers tabs totaling nearly $300,000 for alcoholic beverages — about twice as much compared to the previous year, according to an analysis of spending records by The Washington Times.
The purchases, small and large, included $2,483 to pay for “assorted spirits for gratuities to vendors” at the U.S. mission to the United Nations in New York, and $9,501 in “Christmas gratuities” of whiskey and wine at the U.S. Embassy in South Korea. LINK
As our national economy spins out of control and state and local budgets are evaporating into thin air and unemployment around 10%, we may finally be on the verge of confronting reality. Our government spending is totally out of control. It may indeed be time for a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. I frankly don’t see any other way these politicians (from both parties) will be forced to stop bankrupting our nation.
While our fire department is cutting funding and taking companies off the line, the State Department has money to INCREASE their booze quota. Yep, that’s where we’re at.
People are sick and tired of having their hard-earned money taken and re-distributed to a laundry list of ineffective, feel good, wasteful social programs that achieve nothing. Our government is exceeding its mandate and Obamacare is just the latest example.
So this year lets remember examples like the one above the next time some liberal wants to up your taxes.