When bureaucrats who waste money like European royalty suddenly start getting protective of taxpayer money, you know something is up.
The State Department spokeswoman announced that investigating Benghazi is a waste of money.
Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters a new investigation is not necessary, asking, “How many more taxpayer dollars are we going to spend trying to prove a political point that in 18 months they haven’t been able to prove?”
Finally someone at the State Department is concerned about taxpayer money… when it comes to investigating the murder of four Americans.
Those records show the State Department bought $415,000 worth of alcohol in fiscal 2012, which was 25 percent more than the $331,000 spent in 2011 and more than triple the $118,000 spent in 2008.
All this liquor and wine requires proper drinkware, of course. Thus, the State Department raced to fill an order of $5 million just hours before the shutdown, buying 12,000 pieces of hand-blown crystal glassware—retailing up to $85 per glass.
But that was sensible compared to…
Kindles are just right for teaching English, the State Department thinks, which is why it bought 2,500 of them from Amazon in a $16.5 million no-bid contract.
That works out to $6,600 per Kindle Touch — a lot more than the $189 retail price.
If only all that money wasn’t being wasted on investigating the murder of four Americans. Look at all the things it could be spent on…
The U.S. State Department is defending its purchase of $79,000 worth of President Obama’s best-selling books.
It had $20,000 on a portrait of Obama. The US Embassy had $150,000 to spend on a book about the ambassador’s residence. The US Embassy in Austria had $150,000+ for a Chevy Volt and its charging station.
The New York Times reported in 2009 that Art in Embassies spends about $4.5 million a year for permanent art acquisitions.
The State Department also has a Chief Diversity Officer, whose job it is to warn that “holding the fort” is a racist phrase.
Investigating Benghazi is also probably racist. And a waste of taxpayer money. Unlike what the State Dept is spending cash on now.
The State Department is seeking a public relations firm to teach staff about dealing with congressional hearings.
In a letter to Kerry, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) asked why State Department resources should be used to tutor department employees in handling questions from Congress, the Washington Post reported Friday.
And no taxpayer money was wasted.