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Todd Starnes discusses GSA's Vegas Vacation
- Duration 10:06
- Date Apr 17, 2012
Todd Starnes discusses GSA's Vegas Vacation
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Not yet good morning Tony sick -- -- here is joining us thank you.
Todd hi Jamie and -- -- the record yes that that graphic you saw was not paid for by tax dollars -- He had a hard -- I think aren't if you think.
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So we have a lot of -- that's what like twelve on the Donald mood on the dock though this question goes out what is good today -- I don't know what the opportunity much to.
You need a little extra time mom I haven't had much property and it's almost and I have two hours to come -- the answer.
All right I'm probably ineligible -- I -- care.
But yes twelve -- we'll check -- -- have -- -- GSA hearings we just dipped in and there was talk of not putting things in writing.
And whether or not they'll be penalties and then there's that picture today in the hot tub -- -- guess -- why don't will happen here.
You know the I do have to say this though what that picture of the guy and hot -- makes Hillary invoking her -- her -- down south of the border a bit more palatable.
I mean oh my god.
Look I don't know what the deal is here with this guy Jeff -- taken the fifth invoking -- is she's solo.
Put on a shirt now.
-- -- -- Well look here's the deal with this problem he invoke the fifth I mean it was pretty much I -- he had to do you have a legal right and it does have a legal right to do.
But here's here's my opinion about this and that folks have been witnesses like that bit.
Being number one issue among our talk radio listeners.
I think every person who went to Las Vegas every single person who was -- by the US and went to Las Vegas I think there should be fired.
Every single one of them and here's a reason.
If you work at a church.
You have a responsibility.
To take care of the money the offerings that are given you know your salary.
Comes from those offerings those yes so you're not gonna go out there and -- in squandered -- they're used for a certain.
I think the same thing applies to government worker.
Every single person should understand that their salaries being paid for by the American taxpayer and I believe as a civil servant they have a responsibility.
A moral responsibility and ethical responsibility.
-- -- to make sure that our tax dollars are taking care of and you better believe that there are out period.
In Las Vegas on taxpayer money you better believe they should they should -- suffer some sort of a consequence what else.
Alan was saying the same thing that she doesn't feel that in this day and age people have respect for government.
And if you are government worker and we know the public sector jobs have been doing somewhat better than the private sector jobs if you're lucky enough to be employed -- all the benefits that your mom.
Wind that you would think that you would respected and you if you went to Vegas some people may have been assigned to go like an assistant may have been told look your growing so I don't know.
-- -- Would want them all fired but I feel like maybe they should all pay it back.
Absolutely and look at -- that shouldn't happen across the board credit agencies if there's -- absolutely it absolutely is.
Have you we have people out there that are paying you know couple wants their taxes they can barely afford to go to -- -- on the on Saturday take the family out.
Four OR and but look I think it goes beyond that I think there's this moral dilemma in this country and look I I wrote about this in the book.
Where we are they Rush Limbaugh call that the book called him culture -- Where we we have no respect for anything anymore that's why you saw these agents -- secretly service down south of the border a couple of days ago.
That kind of stuff is just outrageous.
But but what do you expect they will likely lose their jobs if they already allegations are -- it absolutely should I mean what.
Does -- need to rise to a security breach potentially -- for you to have to pay for your indiscretions.
My question is if you're watching right now in your.
You're angry that this is going on Tony what do you do.
What do you do if you're at home right now you are tired of government -- will have to keep the pressure on congress who already is launching investigations and -- -- for both the GSA.
-- corruption and the Secret Service misgivings down under south of the border but you know the problem isn't any -- on it Todd with the whole cultural rot.
The presumption among all these employees is that hey it's not our money.
You know our our bosses are paying for the government's paying for -- and there is this feeling that it's an extension.
Of their benefit -- being civil servants so in other words when you proposed this whole notion that cause there's civil servants they should feel this.
Moral and fiduciary responsibility it's quite the contrary.
Because they feel that look we're not getting paid that much what's takes advantage of some of these benefits yeah I mean what's the big deal and let me -- tell you -- and I've been very.
I -- I think I can be to the president.
And not assigning total blame his speech -- the patient does rock from the head down and when you've had five trillion dollars in debt added to our deficit.
Added to our -- these last three years alone.
I don't think cultural lead throughout the whole government organization.
You kind of feel this austerity need you kinda feel like a what's another couple 100000 dollars to this new five children we don't spend it.
Let me take that plunge for him I thought one of the best interviews that that I've seen -- happened last week the president was in Missouri.
Talking to the local saint Louis the -- and the reporter asks a question that nobody had the echo ponies to ask.
And that the white house press briefing room.
And -- this idea about whether or not the president should be going out and take on these vacations on what sort of a single -- for the rest of the country.
You know when the first family is out there how -- -- all across the fruit of playing.
And and the president got a slightly offended by that question.
And and he never really answered -- -- sort of hedged and then we see headed down south of the border in Columbia talking about how he likes to use these these visits to -- out holiday locations vacation locations for the First Lady get me a freaking break mister president.
I mean we're talking about a nation -- -- financial crisis.
And he's out there with the suntan lotion trying to spat out another location to take mrs.
Obama for the family vacation.
Some of our chatters would agree Chris givens says I agree times how timely.
How can anyone an ad agency think that trip in the money spent it was appropriate even if you didn't spend any money but knew -- -- happening if you kept quiet you approved.
And all for jury better yet cut their salary to minimum wage that will teach them and set an example for the rest of the government.
Will it happen outside.
-- it won't happen.
And look at we we know that this -- that there are some of the stuff going on in the previous administration and that's the problem this is not a Republican issue or democratic issue.
This is a this is an issue for the entire country to focus on.
But do what you've got a point of this thing is getting worse under President Obama and and -- has got to be done.
We don't have the money should he be saying more about that's absolutely it's as if it doesn't even exist.
Well -- he did here's the other problem TJ and he.
It keeps the attention span we're gonna give this issue when is the next thing -- a break that's gonna cover up this GSA or.
Secret Service scandal and that's the -- the problem that as Americans we need to.
Ourselves have the vigilance and the discipline to keep the pressure on our members of congress -- -- higher congressional committee the government oversight committee that's tasked with this exact.
Job making sure things like this don't go -- and people are held accountable well then my question to both of view is.
Why aren't they just tasked with it when they.
When everybody knows it happened why weren't -- on it.
At the time that the expenditure was going to be made should they not have had to have a sign off.
I was somebody before they made the Vegas trip will surely do but the GSA and actually my freshman dorm room at UW was right across the street from the GSA headquarters and -- -- -- -- laugh because you never thought this was something.
I seriously thought TSA what the hell is that you know it's not defense not -- it's not state.
-- -- but really they have a bureaucratic labyrinth in there that is bigger than the budget of most state governments in America and there's a lot of levels of of approval that it probably went through -- it hit the light of day unfortunately it's difficult to preempt these things when the cultural message from above is luck.
Spend what you got to spend it's all going into retreat is there actually -- yeah.
And look at and here's how it.
Here's how this thing gets all -- we heard Mitt Romney in private disclose what he wanted to do he doesn't have the fortitude to actually tell.
All of us folks the little people so up but he told he told the big spenders that he was gonna be cutting this agency and that agency here's what you do.
If Mitt Romney is the next president of the United States and he doesn't -- that agency this agency both the guy out of office.
Period that's that's so I was from about whatever else he does he says he's got to cut -- agency cut it and if you don't we're gonna.
And and on the Romney point this is his strength he restructures companies he knows how to take.
And streamline them make them in the private world more profitable in the in the public world.
At least solvent and not burning money.
Then it especially this irresponsibly what I think it is well positioned as somebody get nearly -- for crying out -- didn't -- the bit about what his idol was I mean I think the question yeah.
He'd -- to -- let's what is your title at the GSA because that's exactly the fifth let me give me a break perhaps he jumped the gun because there.
There but nevertheless his legal right to reduce our dependence GSA hearing streaming live at foxnews.com.
-- -- -- well bring any highlights guys thanks so much thank god and Tony.