By Bill O'Reilly
This woman, Martha Johnson, was forced to resign yesterday as the Chief of the General Services Administration.
That's because Ms. Johnson presided over a conference near Las Vegas that cost the taxpayers a whopping $820,000 dollars; 300 people attended this boondoggle and the expense was just amazing. $146,000 bucks on catered food and drink including $44 dollars per person for breakfast… not exactly Denny's. $130,000 dollars just to scout the hotel location... six times, six separate trips to do that. $75,000 dollars spent on a training exercise to build a bicycle.
But here's my favorite; $4 dollars per shrimp at a cocktail reception... $4 bucks. At ShopRite, one shrimp will cost you 27 cents. No wonder what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Shrimp are marked up 1,381 percent.
Now, I work hard for my money and I bet you do, too. This kind of stuff demonstrates the mindset of the federal government as it stands now. America is $16 trillion dollars in debt. So what if we're paying $4 dollars per shrimp? So what? The money fountain never stops.
Now, I have been very fortunate in my life. I could buy pretty whatever I want. But still when I walk in a place and see an outrageous price tag, I walk away. It's my upbringing. I'm not going to pay $4 bucks for a shrimp, ever.
What has happened in the public sector is cynicism. Taxpayer money means nothing. The Obama administration is quite clear it is going to continue record spending no matter what the debt is.
Just today the President attacked Congressman Paul Ryan's call for fiscal austerity calling it Darwinism… every man for himself. To be fair the President did order the firing of Martha Johnson but he had to. This is an embarrassment to the Obama administration. And it's happened before.
We all remember this $16 dollar muffin which was actually a $16 dollar continental breakfast that was worth about $2.50. The Justice Department was responsible for that colossal waste.
Now, all of us should take the abuse of taxpayer money personally because it's our money. I don't want that money to be wasted.
But it is over and over and over again. Whether it's terrible investments like Solyndra or the failure to watch where entitlement money goes or the lavish conferences for government employees, the abuse of taxpayer dollars now an epidemic. And it must stop.
And that's "The Memo."
Pinheads & Patriots
The annual Razzie Awards for the worst movies of the year were posted on Sunday. And the top winner is -- Adam Sandler.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You and Daddy have twin powers?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Some twins can feel when the other one is hurt.
ADAM SANDLER, ACTOR: I didn't feel it. A little harder.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No. Stop it. He's kidding.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Feel that, Daddy?
SANDLER: I actually did feel something there. Pride in my son.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Compliments of Mr. Pacino.
SANDLER: What's this? This is insane, man. You've got to call him.
Oh, will you stop already! You know all he wants to do is play Twister with your sister.
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O'REILLY: That was thrilling. I missed it. Maybe I can get it on DVD. They have them on DVD? Yes, they're out? Maybe I can get it. But then again, I might not.
"Jack and Jill" made $74 million in the USA. Not too bad, but below what Mr. Sandler usually delivers. So this project may have been "Pinheaded."