There’s nowhere to cut. Absolutely nowhere without putting firefighters out on the street and shutting down White House tours. Not a single place.
Before the sequester took effect Attorney General Eric Holder went out and warned the American people that our safety would be at risk if the budget for the Department of Justice was cut. What he didn’t tell us is how much money the department wastes every year. Despite having four empty federal prisons, they bought another prison in Illinois for $165 million that’s now sitting empty and costing $6 million a year to maintain.
The DOJ staff hosted numerous conferences around the country. In 2010 alone, the department spent nearly $100 million on conferences, which is twice what was spent two years earlier.
The food at these conferences was also exorbitant. For example, coffee and tea cost from 62 cents to $1.03 an ounce. At the $1.03-per-ounce price, a 12-ounce cup of coffee would have cost $12.36!
Forget screwdrivers. 12 dollar coffee is the future. That’s pricey even for Starbucks. And then there are the bright lights of tinseltown.
The FBI has its own Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit, which is dedicated to helping Hollywood make movies and TV shows, including “The Kingdom,” “Fast and Furious 4,” “CSI,” “Numb3rs” and “Without a Trace.” This perk for Hollywood comes with an annual price tag of $1.5 million to the American taxpayer.
Lights. Camera. Waste.