July 16, 2009 10:55AM

Social Security Administration Bureaucrats Have a Party…and Taxpayers Pick Up a $700,000 Tab

With so much money being squandered in Washington, $700,000 does not even rise to the level of an asterisk. But when that much money is being wasted so that senior bureaucrats from the Social Security Administration can enjoy a party (oops, a training session) at a four‐​star resort in Arizona, it becomes a symbol of Washington profligacy. Kudos to ABC News for running a story on this travesty. Make sure to watch the embedded video of bureaucrats “reducing stress” at your expense:

… nearly 700 executives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) gathered for a lavish three‐​day conference in Phoenix, AZ last week, costing taxpayers about $700,000.… The conference, which included a performance by a motivational dance company that was captured on tape by Phoenix affiliate ABC15, was held at the Arizona Biltmore, a hotel described as the “Jewel of the Desert” with an oasis of 39 acres of lush gardens, swimming pools and a golf course. SSA executives were invited to join in the dancing.