Did Washington learn anything from the GSA fiasco? Only a month after the scandal, government bureaucrats seem to be at it again: showing no financial responsibility on taxpayer dime. Destination: Maui. Aloha! Breitbart reports:
Judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, federal district and bankruptcy courts in nine Western states and two Pacific island territories, along with lawyers practicing in those courts, and court staff, will gather at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa from August 13 – 16, 2012 in what looks like a less than valiant attempt to ensure American justice is being served...at a cost to taxpayers of approximately one million dollars.
While this is frustrating, a positive side of this story is the fact that the trip was caught before the fact rather than after. I was watching the news regarding the story this morning and they attributed these sort of extravagant expenditures made by our federal government as as product of “Congressional oversight.” We are trillions of dollars in debt and we are STILL relying on the excuse of simple oversight? These sort of “business trips” should be on the tails of a successful year, thus something earned and worked towards. With a government that is constantly spending more than it is bringing in, I would hardly consider that grounds for celebration.