You can't expect a flat broke woman to stay at some Parisian Motel 6. Think of this as welfare for the neediest and greediest among us.
Hillary Clinton left her post at the top of the U.S. State Department on Feb. 1, 2013, but the federal government spent more than $55,000 on travel expenses related to her book tour just last month, procurement documents show.
The expenses included a $3,668 charge for her to enjoy a single night's lodging in a suite at the posh Four Seasons George V hotel in Paris.
That rate corresponds to the cost of a suite with a 'large and superbly appointed marble bathroom,' a 'deep soaking tub,' 'sparkling chandeliers' and 'elegant period furniture,' according to the Four Seasons website.
You can't expect Hillary to sell her ghostwritten book to the French without having a superbly appointed marble bathroom. Or sparkling chandeliers.
There are standards to be maintained. At the expense of working families just trying to get by.
Purchase orders also show that taxpayers footed the bill for a $5,100 rental of three Mercedes-Benz executive limousine vans during a single day in Berlin.
And there's a mystery.
The Department of Homeland Security paid for the van rentals in Berlin, billing the cost to its Office of Inspector General (OIG) – which normally has control over investigators, not bodyguards.
'I don't understand that,' Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told MailOnline.
He said that sometimes the State Department arranges for foreign travel for dignitaries who get Secret Service protection.
'We would have requested the cars' in Berlin and Paris, he added, 'because we want to have control of that car that she rides in.'
But 'I don't understand that OIG thing at all,' he said.
Anyone want to speculate that there are Clinton loyalists embedded in OIG.