According to a story first broke by politico.com, a defense department audit uncovered records of numerous Pentagon employees using government issued credit cards to rack up wild expenditures on booze, escorts, and gambling while in Las Vegas. The audit specifically targeted ‘Government Travel Charge Transactions” and was conducted by the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General. In a hail of bureaucratic Orwellian double speak a Pentagon Official stressed that the Federal Government did not directly pay the charges; as a matter of policy card holders pay their own bills and later submit receipts to be reimbursed for expenses. So in essence the Federal Government still footed the bill.
At rideworks HQ the staff was perplexed as to why such a big deal was being made about the whole situation; sounds like a damn good time to us. Perhaps we exhibit some bias about matters like these. In all fairness anytime a story containing Pentagon employees and Las Vegas escorts with a healthy amount of booze poured over the top sees the light of day; it’s a sensational story and of course its going to whip up a full on media frenzy. The focus of this investigation is on the taxpayer footing the bill and the mainstream media has of course trotted out the dead horse of government waste for yet another show flogging. It is important to put the amount of money spent by these rouge fun loving pentagon employees in perspective. This is the same Pentagon that in a speech by Donald Rumsfeld on September 10th 2001 announced “According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 Trillion dollars in transactions.” dailykos.com
You could hire every escort on earth and pay each of their fees every hour on the hour continually for one hundred years and never come close to spending 2.3 trillion. It begs the question why the mainstream media is not more focused on the real waste in government? Oh yes that’s right, they are owned by some of the same corporate conglomerates that benefit from Pentagon spending. At the end of the day this story and the attention it is receiving is to give the illusion that our Federal Government is cracking down of wasteful spending while the real corruption continues, business as usual. Hey at least these guys had a good time with some beautiful escorts living it up out on the town in Las Vegas. I for one sleep better at night knowing that’s exactly where my tax dollars went when the alternative is 2.3 trillion “ missing “.