Friday, September 23, 2011

The $16 Muffin Outrage!

President Barack Obama ordered federal agencies to review their expenses for conferences after an embarrassing report revealed that the Justice Department served $16 muffins at a 2009 gathering.

A report by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General said the agency spent $121 million on conferences over two years, exceeding its own budget.

Some of the expenses appeared to be "extravagant and wasteful," the audit said.

According to this report the Department of Justice spent $16 on each of the 250 muffins served at an August 2009 legal conference in Washington. Other examples of wasteful extravagance included snacks at $32 per person, $10 brownies, $8 coffee, and nearly $600,000 for event planning services for five conferences. This is outrageous!

The audit focused only on ten conferences that were held during the 2008 and 2009 fiscal years.

Deputy Attorney General James Cole said that the Justice Department took steps in 2009 to curb wasteful or excessive spending for conferences. We did not see any heads roll. If this were a private business, someone would be held responsible for such a waste of the company's resources, but the government agencies are here to enjoy all the perks that come with the unlimited flow of taxpayers' money. They go unpunished.

The $16 muffin affair is only one example of the scandalous government waste. It really hurts to see how federal agencies squander taxpayers' money with impunity. Things must change!

Vice President Joe Biden, who leads the administration's effort to cut excessive spending at federal agencies, asked Cabinet secretaries to eliminate waste.

The officials in the USA remind me more and more of the crooks that constantly rip off the people in Nigeria and other African countries. How can anyone dare to spend taxpayers' money for muffins that cost $16 a piece when more and more families in America cannot even afford to spend that much for lunch? How can anyone justify such an extravagance? How can President Obama justify his call for higher taxes and more social justice when the administration is wasting money from the very beginning of his presidency? Shouldn't social justice begin in the Department of Justice?

By Dominique Allmon ©2011