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  1. #1 Govt. Spends $700,000 For Lavish Employee Retreat 
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    In the midst of the nationís dire financial crisis and astounding unemployment rate, the federal government spent $700,000 to treat officials of one struggling agency to a lavish three-day conference at an upscale resort.

    U.S. taxpayers treated hundreds of Social Security Administration employees (and their relatives) to a festive retreat at one of Arizonaís fanciest hotels, the Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, which is described as a desert jewel with a golf course, dozens of acres of lush gardens and swimming pools.
    Besides the fancy lodging, the getaway included airfare, hotel entertainment, dancers, motivational speakers and food, according to news reports. There was also an evening excursion to a local casino. The agency says such meetings are essential and that the Phoenix jaunt was just one in a series of such regional meetings at an annual cost of more than $1 million.

    The purpose of this latest desert oasis getaway, according to Social Security Administration brass, was to master the art of reducing stress due to a growing number of death threats against agency employees. No details were offered on who exactly has threatened their lives, however.

    The retreat outraged several lawmakers, including top members of the House Ways and Means Committee who demanded an explanation for the trip in a letter to Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue. The federal legislators ask why ďAt a time when millions of Americans are out of work and having to do more with less,Ē it decided to put on a taxpayer-funded $700,000 motivational conference at the prestigious Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.
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    We just saw this story on Fox with Greta! They got a greyt room rate
    of only $84 bucs a night!!!!:mad:
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    That Arizona Biltmoor is plush. I've never stayed there, but have eaten dinner there in one of the restaurants. The food is expensive there. They might say the rooms were bid out at $84 a night, but 700 people at $700,000 is still $1k a person for 3 days.

    This is outrageous---sort of like Obama going for a date night to NYC on the taxpayer's dime. Then there's that $6k purse of Mrs O and the $500 or 600 sneakers. I guess they're having a ball at the taxpayers expense.

    It wouldn't be so bad if he didn't talk about the need for the American people to "sacrifice", or Biden's talk about paying higher taxes and being patriotic.

    They're hypocrites through and through, running through those stimulus dollars.

    What do you want to bet that there will be NO congressional hearings on this one? They'll be too busy trying to pin something on Cheney.

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    No outrage, no media coverage, no congressional hearings. What a shock.
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