Government waste and abuse is nothing new. Every administration has had its share of idiots who equate taxpayer money with “petty cash,” but when your agency is chiefly concerned with asset management, spending $820,000 on a conference – replete with clowns and mind readers – is galactically stupid.
The White House accepted General Services Administration chief Martha Johnson’s resignation after she dismissed two deputies and suspended other employees over the $820,000 conference. The 300-person event at the M Resort Spa and Casino in Henderson, Nevada, included $3,200 for a mind reader, $6,300 on commemorative coin sets, and $75,000 on a training exercise to build a bicycle in 2010. It also included a $95-per-person dinner and reception as well as costs for a clown and a comedian.
“[President Obama] was outraged by the excessive spending, questionable dealings with contractors and disregard for taxpayer dollars,” White House chief of staff Jack Lew said. “He called for all those responsible to be held fully accountable given that these actions were irresponsible and entirely inconsistent with the expectations that he has set as president.”
Uh-huh. Michelle Obama was unavailable for comment, as she was on another taxpayer-funded vacation.