To paraphrase a passage from the Christian bible, render on to Caesar what is Caesar’s. Over the past couple weeks, news has been coming out about a conference in Las Vegas where the General Services Administration spent approximately $822,000 to house and entertain some 300 bureaucrats at a spa and casino in Las Vegas. The public and the media are not responding to favorably to how Caesar is spending his tribute.
No, what happens in Vegas does not always stay there it seems, but this story should have.
I am not into this notion that taxpayers’ money was spent. What GSA spent was no longer the taxpayers’ money. It was the government’s money. I don’t see citizens going into government offices claiming furniture. Sure taxpayers may not like what Caesar did with his tribute, but I have yet to hear anyone complain about how ineffective GSA is, assuming they are effective at all.
Needless to say there may be a management issue, but if you are flying and housing 300 people to a conference, it will cost. Maybe the entertainment was a bit much, but that was their call. It was probably less expensive to pay for entertainment than have people going around soliciting prostitutes.
The real concern, the real story should be about what this agency does and how well it does it.