TSA's “Wasteful” Spending

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, April 25, 2005

TSA's “Wasteful” Spending

April 25, 2005

Every time you or I fly, we pay a tax on top of other taxes for our supposed security.

It goes to the transportation security administration so we can all be patted down and have our bags searched at airports.

Want to know what else TSA has been spending our money on, besides those irritating airport searches?

TSA employees spent more than $370,000 to lavishly decorate an office and then tried to cover up the cost by having the invoice rewritten.

That’s according to a government audit that blasts the agency for “wasteful” spending.

TSA officials also bought subzero refrigerators, costing $3000 each, and built a fitness center the size of a basketball court.

The costly perks were put in a suburban Washington, D.C. office that opened two years ago.

Here’s my question:
Will the government get our money back, or will all of this stay in place and someone be disciplined?

This kind of stuff goes on all the time in government, which can never afford to cut spending, but says it can’t afford to let us keep more of our money.

It’s outrageous.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.

TSA's “Wasteful” Spending