The Social Security Administration, which manages programs on track to be utterly insolvent by 2037, just spent a heap of taxpayer (read: YOUR!) money sending its executives and family members to a weekend getaway at a lavish spa:
A Social Security Administration motivational management conference held at a high-end Valley resort this week cost $700,000, the SSA told the ABC15 INVESTIGATORS. Costs for the conference at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa included airfare, hotel, entertainment, dancers, motivational speakers, and food, an administration official said. The SSA provided ABC15 with a list of courses provided at the conference, which included “Techniques to Empower You,” “Mentoring the Generations,” and “Emotional Intelligence.” But the information provided by the SSA does not mention an after-hours casino trip, family members staying at the hotel, or the 20-minute dance party ABC15 observed. The conference cost was still a tough pill to swallow for taxpayers. “It sounds like a big rip off to me,” one Phoenix resident said.[EMPH Added].
$700,000 could buy plenty of video-teleconferencing equipment, obviating the need for expensive conferences at posh resorts, no? Of course, the dancing lessons are hard to do over a VTC I’m told, and probably not as fun, either. Here’s a little video to go along with the post, too. Hat Tip: Just a Girl!