April 2, 2012 |
The chief of the General Services Administration resigned, two of her top deputies were fired and four managers were placed on leave Monday amid reports of lavish spending at a conference off the Las Vegas Strip that featured a clown, a mind reader and a $31,208 reception. Administrator Martha N. Johnson , in her resignation letter, acknowledged a "significant misstep" at the agency that manages real estate for the federal government. "Taxpayer dollars were squandered," she wrote.
July 12, 2008
Ah, summer in Washington. Things slow down, the weather turns hot and humid, and The Post has pages to fill with . . . a story on Post-it "art" on windows in downtown office buildings [Style, July 9]? How does a story such as this even make it out of the afternoon editorial meeting at the paper, not to mention merit a nearly half-page photo? If you're really looking for breaking news that will pique the interest of your readers, I have a potato chip shaped like Abraham Lincoln's head that you might want to check out. Just have a...
October 2, 2011
Regarding E.J. Dionne Jr.'s Sept. 29 op-ed column, "Why Warren Buffett is conservative enemy No. 1" : Not many conservatives I know disagree with Mr. Buffett's contention that everyone should pay their fair share. Rather, what we find objectionable about paying more in taxes is what all taxpayers should resent: sending more money to elected officials who have demonstrated an incomprehensible malfeasance and ineptness by squandering huge sums of our nation's wealth. For many of us, this is not a quarrel with paying our fair share in taxes;...
April 12, 2009 |
As the $787 billion stimulus package starts to flow, the message from on high is clear: No one dare waste a dime of it. "This plan cannot and will not be an excuse for waste and abuse," President Obama declared last month, after he designated Vice President Biden the "sheriff" in charge of patrolling for misuse of stimulus funds. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has warned officials overseeing the money that "we must ensure that haste does not make waste" and that even minimal amounts of misspent money would be simply "unacceptable.
August 28, 2011 |
At least one in every six dollars of U.S. spending for contracts and grants in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade, or more than $30 billion, has been wasted. And at least that much could again turn into waste if the host governments are unable or unwilling to sustain U.S.-funded projects after our involvement ends. Those sobering but conservative numbers are a key finding of the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan , which will submit its report to Congress on Wednesday.
June 19, 2012
The news we have all been breathlessly awaiting for months on end is finally in The Post: " Clemens acquitted of all six charges " [front page, June 19]. Roger Clemens was found not guilty of lying to Congress about his alleged use of steroids at some point in his baseball career, perhaps a decade or more ago. For this, taxpayers had to shell out likely millions of dollars for thousands of hours of investigative work by a reported 90-plus federal agents, lawyers, court staff and all the other cogs in the...