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In connection with the over the top government.
Paid for conference in Las Vegas.
Should say taxpayer paid for conference we just learned that some of the very people connected to the scandal some of the very people who planned this and put into action with your money.
Got bonuses while they were under investigation and them.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- for the great work they did in planning.
That was memorialized but it by now infamous videos like this one.
TrueCrypt for me to my home -- and it got to say -- ain't -- -- that it didn't -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I'm so hot -- -- if possible we couldn't.
Just taking the picture logical.
Joining me now -- our wealth our Fox News digital politics editor and host a power play on foxnews.com so Claire McCaskill a Democrat who -- been chairing the this -- -- committee in the senate that's looking into waste.
Is all over this right now and has said it.
I want you to address what appears to be a pervasive culture of rewarding officials for misconduct.
Relating to the expenditure of taxpayer dollars this is -- talking about the GSA.
And she goes on to save these folks got bonuses summit -- 15100 bucks in recognition of their contributions to this conference.
But the White House had it first came out Kristen said about all this were appalled it's terrible.
And -- seem to change course to say it's the bush administration's fault.
Which is it and what are those two responses tell -- do.
Did the thought process right now in the west wing.
Well the fact that Democrat.
Vulnerable swing state Democrat like Claire McCaskill.
Is is piling on the fact that there is bipartisan interest in seeing this on done.
Tells me that the White House understands that there is substantial anger -- this they tried the bush flag put out there you know well the inspector general predates.
This administration so on and so forth.
But obviously that's not going to be enough in the face all of these videos the intense scrutiny and as I said Democrats.
Getting into the pile that they -- to say I don't have anything to do with -- if you're somebody like Claire McCaskill the last thing you wanna be is identified with.
A debacle like this so you get out in front of it and then that increases the pressure on the administration.
To come up with a different battery it's.
It did we have the former GSA administrator on the program yesterday and she had some controversies ever own but when we showed her -- and full screen that was put out buyout by a White House official by an administration official that showed increases its funding in spending under President Bush at this agency.
She said she question those numbers now this.
This unnamed official refuses -- on the record refuses to actually put you know any facts and figures behind the bottom line number showing an increase of spending.
But she said she thinks that -- fleeting.
This is one regional conference on the southwest she thought that the numbers showing increases back in 06 in 08.
Included not just the southwest conference but other regions.
As well we have no way of knowing.
Because so far no one at the administration is telling us exactly what goes into these numbers and how the spending that's so out of control -- we still well.
Who was the idiot responsible.
For the decisions.
That were made in connection with this conference.
That's -- highly technical term idiot didn't charge no we don't know exactly where all of the final check offs went.
But to look at this through the political minds -- The video that understanding of the magnitude of the waste the commemorative coins in the velvet couches that were handed out the thousands of dollars that were wasted.
That optics in the political -- the optics are so bad.
That these sort of specific things while they are important and certainly the congress in -- in a week of hearings.
Is -- to delve into all of this but I want you to consider the political significance beyond just the individuals responsible.
As the president is out campaigning.
To raise taxes on the wealthy in order to finance more government programs and have the government do more things to create what he says will be a fairer society.
It's very hard to make that argument at the same time that people are watching.
These ridiculous videos at the same time people are understanding how capable the government still it's.
Of waste of this magnitude.
Well that's the thing -- -- does it undercut even the even the press to raise taxes on -- the so called millionaires and billionaires because it.
Why should they fund this any more than the middle class should fund this kind of behavior I mean.
It wasn't just a thousand dollar 2000 3000 dollar party as they had on separate nights a separate hotel -- that we all paid for.
It was you know 31000.
Dollars for a welcome reception.
That they felt we needed to fund.
-- what was it.
Hold on its sushi rolls for seven dollars a piece gourmet cheeses were repaid nineteen bucks per attendee.
-- why should any American be finding that in as Claire McCaskill or anybody else Democrat Republican holds hearings on this to that sickened at the American psyche -- where we want to blame should do do we want to make -- Americans paying more to people like.
David -- -- who just got placed an administrative leave yesterday.
For this kind of behavior the same guy David Foley was responsible for overseeing five point five million dollars whatever stimulus money.
Well look you've hit it exactly on the -- even if the pavilion illustration five billion billion worth -- -- of -- -- money thanks David.
Yeah we don't even count five point five million down here anymore -- that's around here -- the the truth of the matter is that whether.
He even if the administration could -- that could affix the blame on George W.
Bush even if they could succeed in that.
That doesn't make.
Their argument any better that the government is a lean mean fighting -- next machine that is -- help people live better lives and do better things.
The electorate doesn't believe that the government up to that job and as we saw with the stimulus law as we saw with the health law.
In both of those cases Americans remain stoutly staunchly unconvinced that the government's up to the job and that's what makes the president's past difficult.
And that's how these videos in this scandal makes his sales pitch even more different.
Now I'm in America's looking at that knowing these people -- make -- on average 92000 dollars a year on top of that getting 15100 dollar bonuses.
While they're under investigation while there under investigation Chris thank you.
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