Thursday, June 30, 2005

Sweet Deals

Nice use of tax dollars, I'm guessing they were a major contributor to Chimp 2000 and 2004.

The money was spent in the name of improving security at the nation's airports:

· $526.95 for one phone call from the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago to Iowa City.

· $1,180 for 20 gallons of Starbucks Coffee -- $3.69 a cup -- at the Santa Clara Marriott in California.

· $1,540 to rent 14 extension cords at $5 each per day for three weeks at the Wyndham Peaks Resort and Golden Door Spa in Telluride, Colo.

· $8,100 for elevator operators at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.

· $5.4 million claimed for nine months' salary for the chief executive of an "event logistics" firm that received a contract before it was incorporated and went out of business after the contract ended.

Those details are contained in a federal audit that calls into question $303 million of the $741 million spent to assess and hire airport passenger screeners for the newly created Transportation Security Administration after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

I'm familiar with Iowa City, there is nothing worth calling there for $527, Kirk Ferentz is simply not much of a talker.

$8,100 for elevator operators? I guess that's a nice way of saying $100 each for 81 hookers.

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