As more and more details emerge about the Colombian adventure of several members of the Secret Service, the story keeps getting raunchier...and more outrageous.
In addition to the 20+ hookers with whom the agents allegedly---ahem---"partied," we're now learning that when the hotel staff entered the room the next morning, it looked like it had been trashed by the Sex Pistols at the height of their fame. Whisky bottles strewn about, beds rumpled, garbage all over the place...and what looked like cocaine on a glass table. Of course there was cocaine. They were in Colombia, for goodness sakes, surrounded by street walkers.
This scandal indicates a much deeper cultural problem at the Secret Service, which has two jobs to do: 1. Protect the president, and 2. Be discreet about their actions and about the whereabouts/behavior/movement of the president. These agents reportedly had the hookers in the room in which they had Obama's schedule laying about for any stranger's eyes to peruse. So not only did they jeopardize the life of the president, they were appallingly indiscreet.
The Secret Service clearly needs a major overhaul: the Director, Mark Sullivan, needs to be fired, and many others up and down the chain. The corruption needs to be rooted out, and as everybody knows, the fish rots from the head.
But this scandal points to something else: the federal government has grown so big and bloated and soft that these outrages are now par for the course. The GSA abuse of taxpayer dollars with wild trips to Vegas and Hawaii, the Solyndra bankrupcy scandal, the nearly trillion dollars of taxpayer "stimulus" money blown on things like gang tattoo removal and relocating shrubs....all of these things point to a systemic problem of abuse of power and public money. When the government is this big and unwieldly, many folks in government just don't care.
And you end up paying for hookers and coke and solar panels and clowns.
Come November, we're going to do our OWN housecleaning, and the number of politicians and government workers who will find themselves out of work will be staggering. And if you're out of work, you can't afford hookers and coke. Just ask the 13 million people still out of work in the Obama Economy, who I'm pretty sure aren't partying it up.