Friday, March 21, 2014

Drunk with power

If you're a taxpayer, you've been treating Uncle Sam at the bar.  How much?  Well, a lot:
In fiscal 2013, the last year for which there are complete records, the government spent almost $1.3 million on alcohol, more than quadruple the $315,000 spent in 2005. The spending on liquor has increased over the years toward the $1 million mark, with 2013’s tab growing more than $400,000 over 2012.

“You could say that Washington’s quite literally drunk on other people’s money,” said Jonathan Bydlak, president of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, a fiscal watchdog that advocates reduced federal expenditures.

“It’s very symbolic of the kind of problem we have in a whole host of government areas,” he said. “Obviously, the government operates in an environment with very few restraints. So unlike a business or a nonprofit, when they want to purchase for an event, they have to weigh it against expenses that people in government don’t.”
At a time when unemployment and joblessness top Americans' concerns, it's good to know that our leaders can relax with taxpayer-provided hooch--$400,000 more of it in 2013 than in 2012.  On the other hand, people who say we might as well fill Congress with inebriated simians as our usual two-party politicians are starting to have a point. 

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