A dear reader pointed this article out to me. In their relentless effort to cut down on wasteful spending while operating with spotless integrity, the congressional panel established to monitor the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is holding a meeting … at the Ritz Carlton:
Members of a key panel created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus bill, have scheduled a meeting on November 22 to consider ways to prevent “fraud, waste, and abuse of Recovery Act funds.” The meeting will be held at the super-luxe Ritz Carlton Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Ritz-Carlton is located “in the midst of the picturesque Camelback Corridor, the city’s premier shopping, dining and financial district,” according the hotel’s website. Hungry waste-and-abuse hunters can dine in the “casual elegance, relaxed atmosphere and uniquely inviting ambiance of the European-inspired bistro 24.” Or they can enjoy Afternoon Tea in the “uniquely warm and inviting” Lobby Lounge. And at any time, waste-and-abuse watchdogs who also enjoy golf will be “just minutes from some of the best courses in the world,” including the Tournament Players Club, the Arizona Biltmore, and several others.
In terms of hypocrisy points this story is right up there with this old one that I pointed out a while back:
Right after the $787 billion spending bill was passed, the administration launched www.recovery.gov. “Recovery.gov is the U.S. government’s official website providing easy access to data related to Recovery Act spending and allows for the reporting of potential fraud, waste, and abuse.” After a few months the administration decided to redesign this site … and awarded an $18 million contract to SmartTronix, a company that supported House Majority Leader Hoyer’s campaign
As you see … you can always count on your friendly government to keep an eye on them tax dollars =)