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Monday, January 09, 2012

We Live In Different Worlds

I've never understood why it is that politicians, who can meet one another in the break room and hash out plans over donuts and coffee, feel the need to pull this kind of stunt instead:

Prince George's Council takes costly retreat to Baltimore

I don't have a dog in this hunt, so it's no skin off my teeth what the taxpayers of Prince George's County, Maryland allow. But, for the life of me, I don't understand the mindset that permits this sort of waste. Are the council members that immune to pressures applied by voters?

You see this sort of thing all the time, and more often than not it's politicians in Washington who are living la vita loca on the taxpayer dime. In this case, it's lowlife county council members.

Whichever. They should all be hanged from the nearest sour apple tree.

Figuratively, of course ...

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* Let it be noted that I have, over the years, attended many a business meeting in faraway places.  But in every one of those instances - except one - the companies I worked for were assembling employees from around the country in one location.  It just happened to be in Orlando or San Antonio or Denver.

That one exception?  The president decided he needed to take headquarters staff to Las Vegas for a weekend meeting that ... could have been held in the break room at HQ.  That company?  Went bankrupt a few years later.  That president?  Out on his ass.

The two circumstances - needless and costly Las Vegas meeting and unemployed corporate president - were directly related.

And so it should go.