In 2010 bunch of General Service Administration (GSA) federal workers enjoyed $800 000, tax-payer funded, conference in Las Vegas. Some of the participants produced videos starring as wannabe rappers, chain smoking clowns and slutty chicks. The overpriced food and entertainment sparked national debate on wasteful government spending.
The real surprise comes from the 2010 Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government report where the GSA is ranked only eight. Imagine what is going on in the top three agencies, if $4 shrimp in Vegas wasn’t able to bring the GSA crowd in the top 5 of satisfied bureaucrats.
The 2010 report also found that the federal employees, as a whole, had record high job satisfaction score that year:
The Best Places government-wide employee satisfaction score for 2010 reached an all-time high of 65 out of 100, representing a 2.7 percent increase from 2009 and a 7.4 percent jump from 2003 when our rankings were first published.
Ironically, the record high job satisfaction of the public servants coincides with low public satisfaction with the government’s job.
According to Gallup, 48% of the people disapprove of the Obama administration performance and almost half of the population rates the economic conditions as poor. Roughly two thirds believe the country is on a wrong track, according to Rasmussen Reports.
The Congress is currently investigating the waste and abuse in the GSA. It is interesting also to find out if the lavish federal spending in Vegas in 2010 has anything to do with the re-election of the Senate majority leader Harry Reid. Was Sharron Angle that bad or was the Obama administration that generous?
It would be fun to know, also, why in 2010 the GSA sold to the public $45 million worth of clunkers while at the same time the Obama administration was buying out for destruction clunkers from the public with $3 billion pile of cash.
In July 2010 President Obama signed a law that limits the amount of formaldehyde that is allowed in wood products. In September, the same year, GSA was selling trailers with the following warning: “The government may not have tested all of these units for formaldehyde”. After all the speeches slamming the emergency housing during hurricane Katrina disaster the Obama GSA was selling possibly toxic trailers.
That is coming from the same federal administration that attempted to regulate yard sales with the excuse that people may be giving away dangerous stuff and is investigating Amish farmers for selling milk across state lines.