Our representatives in Washington were in an uproar when they discovered that American Insurance Group (AIG) was awarding executives with large bonuses and holding elaborate conferences and reward trips after receiving bailout funds from the government. Rep. Barney Frank practically lost his flubbering tongue. And the governmental outrage lead to the implementation of new laws and power for the government particularly in the person of the Pay Czar who has oversight over what executives of bailed out companies are paid and whether they can receive bonuses. All this outrage seems fabricated and ironic when considering that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be following the AIG model this week.
The SSA is spending taxpayer dollars to fly in 700 managers from places as far away as Guam and American Samoa to Arizona for a training seminar. This is no ordinary seminar being held at a conference center. No, this training is being conducted at the five star Biltmore Hotel in Arizona – a hotel that has been dubbed the “Jewell of the Desert”. The Biltmore features:
All of the rooms have been reserved by the SSA and Peter Spenser who is representing the SSA defended the training saying that this was strictly for training -yeah right, then why are we not using a traditional conference center and hotel – and he claimed that this was not like the seminars conducted recently by AIG because the SSA has not received bailout dollars. That would be correct, but obviously Mr. Spenser seems to have forgotten that the SSA is COMPLETELY FUNDED BY TAXPAYER DOLLARS! That makes this little training exercise all the more outrageous. And when one contemplates that fact that the SSA has almost bankrupted Social Security and wastes billions of dollars every year in overpayments and payments to unqualified people like dead people, the thought that they are wasting more tax dollars living it up on our dime makes one more than outraged.
But wait, the SSA got a great deal and is only paying $100.00 per room a night, so we should be grateful. Look at how well they are doing at saving us money. Really makes me pleased to send them more of my tax dollars.