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    Default Social Security spends $700K on conference

    Nice to see people are having fun with my tax dollars.

    http://www.abc15.com/content/news/in...C7wJTm4uQ.cspx

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    Default Re: Social Security spends $700K on conference

    Quote Originally Posted by Chance174 View Post
    Nice to see people are having fun with my tax dollars.

    http://www.abc15.com/content/news/in...C7wJTm4uQ.cspx
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    While Obama was railing against the banks (or one specific bank, I can't remember for sure) for sending their top earners to Vegas, my local school district was sending teachers and administrators to Vegas for a week long conference on educating special needs children. The one teacher I know griped because the school district would not let her stay the the Bellagio and made her stay at "the crappy Paris" (her words).

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    Some conference are very worthwhile and and end up saving more money than is spent. That is why most business send employees to conferences. I don't know if this will be the case with this one. However, it does not appear that this was an over-the-top spending spree. Having 675 attend for $700K, means that they spent a little more than $1,000 per attendee, seems incredibly cheap.
    From the article:
    Rooms for the conference were booked at $85 per night, far below the $400-plus room rate in prime season.

    The SSA said the entire conference was put out to bid and all employees flew coach class, including the commissioner

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    Default Re: Social Security spends $700K on conference

    Ever heard of a conference call?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UGLY View Post
    Ever heard of a conference call?
    Perhaps it could have been done, but there are reasons for face to face meetings and training. Maybe some money could have been saved, but I don't see this as an egrerious waste of money.

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    Sounds pretty reasonable to me. It is easy to get your knickers in a knot over $700K for a conference, especially when it is Sodom West - but when you look at the per-person expense, you probably couldn't do it a whole lot cheaper in your home city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M Richardson View Post
    Sounds pretty reasonable to me. It is easy to get your knickers in a knot over $700K for a conference, especially when it is Sodom West - but when you look at the per-person expense, you probably couldn't do it a whole lot cheaper in your home city.
    I agree and in normal times i wouldn't be that upset over it. However, we are not in normal times. Companies all over are finding more economical ways to hold meetings and trainings. I guess being fiscially responsible doesn't count for the government

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    I am trying to imagine a 675 person conference call.

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