Well, the US government might be taking that old chestnut a tad too literally today. Check out these two blunders of bureaucratic proportions.
Over at the Department of Homeland Security, the top immigration enforcement official ordered the destruction of photographs of an office Halloween party. The pictures showed a white agency employee dressed as a black detainee. The staff member who won the “most original costume” prize wore a dreadlock wig, what looked like a prison jumpsuit and black face paint. The employee said, “I’m a Jamaican detainee from Krome — obviously, I’ve escaped,” referring to a detention center in Miami.
Julie L. Myers, the assistant secretary of Homeland Security For Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ordered that the photos be removed from a digital camera in a “coordinated effort to conceal” her role in awarding one of the top costume prizes to the employee.
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An audit by the Government Accountability Office released by Senate lawmakers yesterday found that nearly half the "purchase card" transactions it examined were improper, either because they were not authorized correctly or because they did not meet requirements allowing the bucks to be spent.
Federal employees forked over government credit cards to pay for lingerie, gambling, iPods, Internet dating services, and a $13,000 steak-and-liquor dinner. The GAO also found that agencies could not account for nearly $2 million worth of items identified in the audit — including laptop computers, digital cameras, and, at the Army, more than a dozen computer servers worth $100,000 each.
Well, shoot. Those certainly aren't the most flattering government stories I've heard today. Are you going to call them up and ask for the iPod your tax money purchased? How do you think these stories of government corruption stack up against those around the world?