Thursday, April 15, 2010

It’s Tax Day

Just though you would like to know how your tax dollars are being spent.

  • U.S. Embassy in Germany- spent $555 in December on gratuities that included 15 bottles of Jim Beam bourbon and three dozen coffee mugs.
  • U.S. Embassy in Belgium paid more than $5,000 by opting for "red and white wine for Christmas gratuities,"
  • The U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg spent $7,160 on alcoholic beverages for "gratuities for local contacts,"
  • U.S. Embassy in Greece last year spent more than $20,000 for "representational liquors for Christmas gratuities."
  • US Embassy in India in September of 2008 spent $7,554 for a "supply of alcoholic beverages for gratuities."
  • U.S. Embassy in Slovenia last year for "Gratuities: Whiskey Jack Daniel's." – Grand total $3,814
  • U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York bought 106 bottles of Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc wine at $27.99 per bottle for official events.
  • And finally…..$41.98, also by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, for "purchase of two one-liter bottles of Jose Cuervo Clasico Silver Tequila for official events at the U.S. representative's residence."

In total, since 2004, records show alcohol purchases at the State Department a little more than $1 million.  At $200K a year (average), that would have employed matched the average income for an American Home for 4 Families a year.

Happy Tax Day everyone.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, but was it worth it? If someone gives you a bottle of Jack, you feel a little less likely to kill him? Unless you drink it and go into a drunken rage, but lets ignore that thought for now.


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