It seems that no one knew how to waste American tax dollars better than former President Barack Obama and the officials in his administration.
Just take a look back at the many vacations he took, parties he threw, and other various activities he was involved with. and you’ll clearly see he didn’t mind burning through cash.
Well, it seems the former heads of Obama’s Department of the Interior also shared in his talents for finding ways to waste money, having tossed hundreds of thousands of dollars into the garbage on non-commercial flights.
According to The Daily Caller,
Former heads of the Department of the Interior spent $971,643 chartering non-commercial flights over a six year period, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar spent $586,196 on non-commercial flights over three years. Salazar took 48 such trips from 2010 to 2012 on Interior Department-owned and chartered aircraft, according to travel records.
Salazar’s successor, former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, took 33 trips on non-commercial flights from 2013 to 2016. Jewell’s flights cost $385,438, according to Interior Department records prepared for congressional investigators.
The news comes as top Trump administration officials take heat for chartering flights at taxpayer expense. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is one of those officials under fire.
Zinke has spent $72,849 on non-commercial flights so far in 2017, including one $8,066 trip on an Interior Department-owned aircraft, according to records. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned in September after it came to light he spent $400,000 on non-commercial flights since May.
There clearly seems to be some sort of misunderstanding with government officials when it comes to the proper use of tax dollars. Cash that’s forcibly removed from our paychecks for the sole purpose of funding the government is supposed to go toward things we actually need. Like our military and defense for example.
It’s not to help improve the working conditions of public servants, making them rich and comfortable in their position. Public service is supposed to be a sacrifice, a temporary job done out of love for country, not a desire to fleece your fellow citizens.
Maybe one day our politicians will actually return to thinking in such ways.