In light of the Secret Service and GSA scandals, who is minding the store?
April 17th, 2012
03:36 PM ET

In light of the Secret Service and GSA scandals, who is minding the store?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Your government gone wild.

As details of the Secret Service and GSA scandals emerge, there's a growing sense that Washington isn't always working for the people who pay their salaries - that would be us, the taxpayers.

The Secret Service has now yanked the security clearances of 11 members accused of bringing prostitutes to a Colombian hotel.

The investigation also includes at least five - maybe even 10 - members of the U.S. military who were working there ahead of President Obama's trip. Reuters reports there were as many as 21 prostitutes.

If true, it's more than disgraceful. It's a threat to national security.

There are reports that some of the Secret Service agents who brought prostitutes to their hotel rooms had copies of the president's schedule in their rooms and they were apparently bragging that they were there to protect President Obama.

It's not the first time the Secret Service has lapsed. The most glaring example was in 2009, when an uninvited couple managed to crash a White House state dinner. They were inside the White House mingling with the president and his guests.

Meanwhile the GSA official at the center of that $800,000 lavish conference is refusing to answer questions.

Jeff Neely - who organized the 2010 conference in Las Vegas - repeatedly took the Fifth Amendment when questioned before Congress. His former boss has already resigned in disgrace. Neely might face a federal criminal investigation.

While the GSA was spending hundreds of thousands of your dollars on things like commemorative coins, a team-building exercise, and a mind reader as entertainment, the Senate yesterday voted on whether to raise taxes some more.

This is the kind of stuff that makes Americans increasingly disgusted with their government. So far President Obama hasn't said a lot about any of this. Maybe it's time he did.

Here’s my question to you: In light of the Secret Service and GSA scandals, who is minding the store?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Bill of New Mexico

    None other than "Fast & Furious!"

    Could there be a flaw with management?

    April 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  2. JM from DFW

    Who has the responsibility? Ronald Regan made the statement ... trust but verify. The person responsible for the Secret Service and GSA need to explain their internal controls and if they were violated, a public explanation and action taken appears to be in order. This is not a political issue. This is an accountability issue.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  3. Joanie Bach

    We are seeing the tone and trend of this Administration in GSA and Secret Service. It's a culture of ease, lotza vacations, run all over the country at the expense of the poor suffering taxpayers, waste, spend alot money as one possibly can and perhaps corruption.
    Joanie B

    April 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  4. Jenna Roseville CA

    In light of the Secret Service and GSA scandals, who is minding the store?

    I seem to recall that the GSA did annual trips under the Bush administration(s), both terms, so I don not understand why it is a big deal now. If money is the issue than it should have been cancelled from the beginning. It was not cancelled under Bush.

    As for the Secret Service, this is a slap for them and the soldiers involved. This notion of boys will be boys has got to stop. What an embarassment for the President. But wasn't that the goal the whole time?

    Seems we have seen a lot of poor behavior since Obama took office from sititng members of Congress (House and Senate) to members of the Supreme Court. A defiance of leadership by Republicans based on race and sore loser mentality makes our nation look small and petty.

    Roseville CA

    April 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  5. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Whoever is minding the agencies, it’s behind closed doors deep in the basement. The who, what and where’s of those agencies have an air of omnipotence. The door must be cracked and light let in, to much of Washington is behind closed doors.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  6. John from Alabama

    Jack: Scandal is nothing new in the government, but what would be new is if it was nopt found out. Of course, those political guru's use this as a wedge issue, but iin the end people look at candidates with disconcerning eyes. People in the government are no different than those outside of the government. We are all sinners, or we are all foolish, but sometimes the public does not recognize the log in their own eye. This is not a political issue, but rather a matter of bad taste or habit.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  7. Richard Texas

    While these latest scandals are amusing to the media they have been going on for years under all the administrations. This time the media found out about it. If America only knew how much waste and degradation our government allows, tolerates and in some cases encourages they would be appalled. This is certainly not an isolated incident. It is just one of many that goes on daily.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  8. Wm in PA

    You ask "who is minding the store? You mean giving oil corporations cash subsidies, refusing to ask billionaires to pay any significant income tax, Those in charge use the Washington RULE: I got mine, you go get a lot too. No one is looking and no one cares. All us 1%ers are entitled to enjoy it all.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  9. Loren

    You seem surprised that there are new scandals, this time with the Secret Service and GSA. As long as people exist, there will be scandals, so it doesn't matter who is minding the store, when the store is frequented by monkeys.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  10. Kimmy, Salisbury NC

    No one is minding the store! Someone left the cookie jar open and it was raided with spending and fun, because Government Workers feel they are entitled! The Secret Service Agents? Lets just call them "Boys Gone Wild"
    The administration has gone for change and that is what we got, there is no honor left.......

    April 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  11. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    The culture in both those organizations was well entrenched before this president came along. When he has the economy resurrected, employment back to normal, and ended Bush's wars, I'm sure he'll get around to micro-managing government departments looking for grown ups.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  12. Gary in California

    These are two separate issues. The Secret Service thing is a tempest in a tea pot. Do people really think we recruit these guys from church? The GSA thing is a bigger issue because it is a symptom of the entitlement mentality in our government. It's just one more piece of evidence that our government is financially corrupt. Now we get to watch the thieving Democrats and thieving Republicans blame each other for the corruption. Unbelievable!

    April 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  13. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    In a word, nobody. Perhaps it's a sign of the times and reflective of the breakdown of society at large where everybody is angry, in your face about something or other, and looking out only for himself.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  14. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    I feel untrusting and afraid at the mention of the word "scandal". Quickly, tell me who to vote for to make this uncomfortable feeling go away.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  15. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The fox in the chicken coop. This entire thing is an indication of just how much trouble we are in today with the lack of accountablity. I believe each of these people need to spend a few years in a federal prison and not one with a country club. The buck stops at the Presdients desk and maybe this is exactly what we needed to happen to wake all of us up. Vote out every member of Congress.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  16. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    Maybe this is an example of chaos when an empire is on the wane.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  17. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, I asked the same question during the Bush years when he invaded Iraq on false information. I blame the head of the Secret Service and the heads of the military. But this being a political year I guess your question is pointed at Obama.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  18. David in Tampa

    There is only one question I would like to have the answer to Jack, and that is, Would the American Tax payer be on the hook for the services of the hookers as entertainment expense?

    April 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  19. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Who is minding the store? The absentee landlords!

    April 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  20. George in PA

    Well since Congress doesn't mind their business, this like the kettle calling the pot black. Does anyone really think this is the first time this has happened? Remember this is an election year and digging up dirt to throw is standard operating procedure. This incident is just another example of how our tax dollars are being spent. I'm not sure this is the transparency in government we were promised?

    April 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  21. Brad, Portland, OR

    For the GSA situation, there should be auditors and Inspectors General going through all parts of the government all the time, making sure there's no waste, fraud, or abuse, and that people are following the rules.

    Usually when there's some kind of spending scandal, it's because even though regulations were in place, no one was enforcing them.

    We see that all the time in private industry, like Wall Street and the banking industry, where no one seemed to notice all the illegal, immoral, and irregular activities until the world's economy collapsed.

    At least the GSA scandal wasn't as bad as that.

    As for the Secret Service situation, those were individuals out in the field, not in an office where there were bosses looking over their shoulders.

    And they did this stuff when they were off the clock, anyway.

    Other than dealing with problems as they arise, I'm not sure anything could be done ahead of time besides telling them to behave themselves and hope that they did.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  22. ImALibertarian

    Maybe now the lamestream press and political hacks will understand why many of us will vote for Ron Paul or nobody at all.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  23. Mr. D

    It looks like the Secret Service was outed while they were being serviced. Really, does any new revelation concerning the federal government surprise anyone anymore? Talk about a major overhaul being required! What a country.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  24. joshua

    The Obama's have set a high standard for high living off the taxpayers. Why would the GSA and the Secret Service think otherwise?

    April 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  25. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    The senior career service, same as it always has. The fact that these events are not being covered up is actually progress.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  26. Patricia, Arizona

    A rampant spirit of self-entitlement is minding the store. "Me, me, me!" is the mantra. From our elected officials who refuse to compromise, to our stand-your-ground vigilantes who set themselves up as the law, to our kids who bully for attention, we are becoming a country ripe with egocentrics. Whatever happened to "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country? Those were days that made us proud!

    April 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  27. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    It would be worse with a government loaded up with Republican operatives.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  28. Gerry

    Try the World Wide Federation of Hookers. The plus side of that is that they may be less subject to corruption and political influence.and a hecki of a lot more attractive.

    Ash Fork, Az.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  29. Russ in PA

    Nobody, and that is the nature of government, as there is little incentive to handle other people's money properly. After all, name a government agency that is a poster child for efficiency and service. Answer: there isn't any, as one needs a true free market in order to offer the best service at the best price. Otherwise we get the same thing we always get: a government bureacy that would only do better if it had more of our money...

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    April 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  30. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack, The "store" is bankrupt & we know why. To many employees stealing more then paperclips. The GSA fiasco is only the tip of an iceberg of taxpayer's money wasted. Upper management want's to keep his underlings happy by spending MY money. If our leaders(?) really want to stop the bleeding then they need to make it really hurt those that knowingly do wrong & by that I mean financially. Loss of job, benefits, pension, payback with interest & jail. Reward whistle-blowers. For people like Jeff Neely, treat them like drug dealers & confiscate property to pay back the misuse of my money. Let him improve his tennis game at one of our "white collar" institutions.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  31. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Certainly there aren't enough well entrenched bureaucrats watching the store, otherwise these stories would not have seen the light of day.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  32. jk in MN

    A lot of the problem, Jack is that employers have to have all their ducks in a row and absolute proof of misconduct before they can take action, and still may be dragged into discrimination suits, etc, When they do take action. Alot of stuff is not acted on until it gets to the outrageous level as these have. It takes time and money to obtain the documentation and legal costs to defend their actions. I wouldn't stop with the GSA and the Secret Service. We've also had unconscienable behavior from employees of defense contractors in Afghanistan and Iran as well as members of the military. America is losing it's moral fiber and conscience – these are symptoms of it. If you expect Congress to be the moral watchdog – it's like leaving the fox in charge of the henhouse if you'd ask me.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  33. Ralph McFarland

    Apparently, no one with the store in mind.
    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    April 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  34. Doug Ericson

    The Goverment, at every level in the USA, has become so estranged from the average citizen, it makes you wonder. Postal workers, cops, RMV folks, Politicians of every stripe, Judges, bureaucrats, etc., all develop that far away stare the moment they join the government team. Congress and the Executive branch bend over backwards to please the most powerful special interest groups. The Supreme Court decides cases by agenda first, and then cite the laws that back their agenda. The agenda with the most judges liking it wins the case. So who is in charge of this circus? You could point to the usual subjects, the folks with the money and power. Whoever it is, is doing a lousy job. Might as well be the contestents of the Westminster Dog show. Thats what Hillary and Pannetta looked like in a picture I saw today. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  35. Steve, NY

    Well it's suppose to be the President and his staff. There seems to be no accountability. A good executive has control of all the happenings.I guess Obama is not a good Executive, he has been busy with the health plan and campaighning for the last three years to get re-elected. Minding the store is somebody elses problem?? It's got to be Bush's fault.

    April 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  36. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, now that this scandal has come to light, it will be dealt with. That's why it is so important to protect whistleblowers. You can only mind the store when you have people who are willing to speak up. Without them, most people, on the left and right, in both the public and private sectors, will do things for their sole benefit.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  37. Terry in Virginia

    No one because both parties are too busy fighting each other like spoiled brats instead of working together for the benefit of all Americans. Our elected representatives have set the example for other government employees. They think of themselves as kings and queens, using taxpayer funds like Monopoly money. The good news is that most government employees don't think like this, but the bad news is that the few who do think it's okay to party on the taxpayer dime not only destroy the reputations of an entire agency but also of our country itself. To all our elected representatives and the frat boys on the government payroll - grow up or get out.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  38. Pete in Florida

    Probably the same kind of idiots that decided it was okay to suspend habeas corpus, torture prisonsers and hold them indefinitely without charge, wiretap citizens without warrants, and make up reasons to invade Iraq. Soemhow those all seem more serious than a few sexcapades, but then who am I to question the motives of politicians or professional media Obama-haters? Let us not forget, Barack Obama is the source and cause of ALL that is wrong with the world!

    April 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  39. Dave, Orlando, FL

    The special interests who have no interest in Obama, or anyone else for that matter. Get used to it, it will be that way into the foreseeable future. We weren’t vigilant as they took over our Congress and Supreme Court and now we and our children and their children will be paying the price

    April 17, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  40. Ed from California

    The Republicans, Jack. Issa, Boehner, Cantor...they have the oversight committees and all the controls. This type of stuff has been going on forever. They should have been more discreet. Now w/no job(s), perhaps they will from now on.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  41. Bobby Jackson MS

    Why punish the entire agency for the actions of a few screw ups just fire them and move on it's still one of the greatest organizations in this country and those guys aren't going to hurt anybody but themselves

    April 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  42. Pete in Florida

    Who is minding the store? Actually, since these and many other individual failures seem to get regularly exposed , it seems like the gov't store is being minded just fine, thank you. The media outlets, of course, make big issues of the ones that damage the party they don't like, and help keep quiet the ones that occur in their 'favored' party, so maybe it's more the media that needs nonpartisan watchdogs minding THEIR stores!

    April 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  43. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Not obama. He is too busy trying to get re-elected.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  44. Diane, Oklahoma

    With thousands of people in public service and governemnt, it's interesting that you pick two scandals, that the President has no control over, that involved a relatively small number of people, to not only agitate citizens against the President but hard working men and women in governmental service, also. What's your point?

    April 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm |

    Boys will be boys. So what's new?

    April 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  46. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    It is not who is minding the store ... it is who is robbing the store.

    It really makes you wonder about the administrative level ethics of our governments (FED, State & Local). The "Big Chiefs" leading our governments are living the high life off of our tax dollars when our teachers are purchasing pen and paper because there is not enough resources to get the job done. Perhaps a migration to less administration and more implementors is a prudent move by our leaders. The only concern is that they need the proverbial axe to cut out the dead wood.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  47. Kevin SD CA

    You mean the truth is finally revealing its ugly head! There isn’t one government agency that isn’t a waste of tax payers’ dollars! From the Contractor’s License Board, Department of Real Estate, Consumer affairs to the CIA, and Top Intelligence; government agencies are nothing but toothless watchdogs! If the media was worth a crap we would have been seeing this every day for the last 50 years!

    April 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  48. Paul From The Great Republic of Texas

    Not to sound like my brother Mel Gibson but it is all divertion plain and simple.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  49. John from Santa Maria, CA

    The gridlock in congress has set the tone for how our government operates, no one is watching the store, they are all tied up in knots,

    April 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  50. Jim, Denver CO

    Good question. I don't think anyone really knows the answer. Just a bunch of people living the high life. Oh wait, that is most of Washington D.C.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  51. BILL, WI

    OOPS, how did the head of the GSA get confirmed by Congress when there were serious doubts of her leadership abilities and integrity. And where was the leadership in Columbia when 11 agents and an equal number of military members bring over 20 "guests" into their rooms (or room) at the hotel. Follow the chain of command to determine where the break occured, that will be the key in both instances.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  52. DCapPaz

    When The Secret Service was run by the Treasury Department, they were on a very tight leash. It might be that DHS is spread to thin. Maybe The Secret Service should go back to The Treasury Department.

    Lavish Parties have been an epidemic throughout the Government for as long as we've had a Government. It's a matter of cracking down, not blaming a specific administration. That's just plain absurd.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  53. Ron WPAFB

    It is seasonal, Jack. Shortly after I PCS'ed out of RAF Upper Heyford, the Air Force fired the entire Medical Command staff there! There are bad managers and bad supervisors and sooner or later they will be noticed and get fired or convicted or both! The Military, most of the time, more strict than the civilian sector and I have witnessed the OPM and the Government Civilians simply not doing what they are paid to do. They do not do the paperwork and let the bad apples stay!

    The GSA is absolutely corrupt! A bunch of crooks! Someone has to go to Jail! But No one on Wall Street or the big Banks went to jail and it is that culture that will allow corruption to continue! Someone or many someones need to go to Jail!

    The Secret Service will clean house, this will not continue and that is a guarantee! Because that is their culture!

    April 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  54. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    This was considered normal behavior during republican administrations. Had it come to light then, it would not have been reported, investigated or punished.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  55. Pete in Georgia

    Jack, this is no different than ANY OTHER federal bloated, useless, wasteful, corrupt bureaucracy. They have all become the laughing stock of the thoughtful world.
    The key word here being ............thoughtful.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  56. Larry in Houston

    In light of the Secret Service and GSA scandals, who is minding the store ?
    Answer : probably nobody, if the truth be told. And – You're right,the senate already voted, and this may be a 'ploy' to raise taxes, who knows ? If the Truth be known, this type of stuff most likely has been happening for Years and Years, not just under obama's watch. "Disgusted" with Government, you say ?? LOL – why do you think congress's favorability rating is around 7% ? It won't go much higher than that, as long as stuff like this keeps happening, especially when the Taxpayer and the middle class has to constantly Pay for it. One thing for sure, If Romney gets IN, a lot of things will end up at the state level, instead of the Fed level. That's what happens when the Federal Gov't gets too big, there's not enough people to be watching the other person, so in essence, when you've got czars for practically everything that's going on, or for everything that is done, you will have corruption. And that's what I would call it, it's "corruption" at the Federal level, and nobody's minding the store. I can't hardly wait til Romney cuts and cuts and cuts. Mabe we will have a much Leaner Government. But – I'm still Voting for the "Lesser" of the 2 Evils, Jack. – – Vote Democrat – 2012 – –

    April 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  57. Susan NJ

    Unfortunately there is a rule that says where there is money and power there is corruption. I don't think that covered bringing prostitutes to a hotel room. That is about as dangerous for the nation's security as it gets. They send people to prison for putting this nation in danger I think it is there turn.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  58. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    Typically, the types of people that become Secret Service agents and (professional) military are consevative.
    Consevatives are supposed to have strong religious beliefs. Their behavior is bizarre to say the least.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  59. Kimmy, Salisbury NC

    One question Jack... did my tax dollars pay for those drinks and hookers?

    April 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  60. Kevin in CA

    It's Congress that's minding the store ... while on their latest junket.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  61. Martha Brooks

    These guys got caught with their "pants down," literally, all because one of them didn't want to pay the "ho!" (The other ten would probably like to beat the crap out of him for being so stooopid.) Otherwise, we'd likely never know about it.The GSA folks obviously got away with stuff like this for some time, and figured it was just SOP. Like so many other scandals emanating from DC over the years, we will yap about it for awhile and then everyone, including the media, will tire of it. Until the next time. The overseers will Mind the Store for as long as they need to, until the present fire is extinguished. The same old, same old.

    Martha, Rew, PA

    April 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  62. Kevin in CA

    I don't know who's minding the store, but if you find out, cold you have them punch me up a ticket on that gravy train.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  63. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    Without criminal penalties that are actually enforced, this will continue as long as these agencies last. These past behavior patterns are just a small example of the systemic lack of ethics in government. And you just have to wonder, if this is what goes on in the Secret Service, supposedly the best of the best, then what are they getting away with in Congress that we never hear about?

    April 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  64. Gigi Oregon

    If we the people don't start minding the store government is going to be more corrupt than it is now. I love history and the Internet has every thing you need. I just looked up some of the great government scandals in the last hundred and fifty years, Molly Maguires, Teapot dome, Great railroad Strike of 1922, Harding veto of the Bonus bill 1922, Water gate, Clinton years and the impeachment trials. And many other schemes, including the hanging chad and Supreme Court investigations.. Money stolen and wasted on trails, with the middle class footing the bills. "We the people" must say,
    "stop to the waste of money" by lazy Representatives drawing a healthy paycheck and fiddling while middle class tax payers get stuck with the bill and NO representation for us. "Fire the lot" save the tax payers some money. And Then let's demand that government stop buying and excepting bribes aka lobbying.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  65. Jake

    Say what you want about the secret service. I thought the GSA video's were funny also to all of you at cnn, get a sense of humor.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  66. Rebecca from Georgia

    This isn't new. As soon as someone gets enough power to believe themselves untouchable they'll do whatever they sam-well please. They know its wrong but they still do it. Unless we make the law equal to all citizens no matter how much money or status they have, then we'll always have someone breaking the law in one way or another.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  67. ted wa.

    who do they think they are congressmen.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  68. Mitoosense Ft Lauderdale Florida

    Cut their pay. If they have enough money for drugs and hookers we pay them too much. When the actions of some brings penalties for the whole, they will police themselves from within. Fire all the top brass...

    April 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  69. Kyle S Irvine, CA

    The agents involved in this just needed some "Secret" "Service" themselves.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  70. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    News is astounding lately! First, we are a practical people and 11 prostitutes now are better than the promise of 70 virgins after one is dead and in paradise. Thus our SS is much more sly than our enemies. I am sure than even though the "Johns" or organizers had their clearances revoked, there is plenty of opportunity for them yet out here in "River City" USA where law enforcement is looking for a few good men and women...with Bra holsters...are we crazy ?

    April 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  71. Jeff

    Just goes to show you that a community organizer (Obama) has no idea how to run a country. We dont need slick talkers we need PROVEN leaders.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  72. WR Jones, New Port Richey, FL

    I heard it right from President Obama's spokesman, it was all George W Bush's fault, and any other problems you might have in the future with government waste you can blame Bush too, in fact if any problems of any sort crop up for Obama, I think it's safe to say it's Bush's fault.
    I know this because we all voted for Hope & Change, and the President is always good on his word, right?

    April 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  73. ljforster@att.net

    I'm sure the blame will go to Obama, he gets blamed for all the problems in this county and around the world.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  74. Stevie in Elizabethton, Tennessee

    Seems like no one is "minding the store" in my view. Maybe it's time to "clean house" as it were! Put people in who take pride and integrity in doing their jobs as opposed to "extra cirricular" activities, but I digress.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  75. Donald

    Jack, this one is easy: make them pay all the money back!! Don't fire them!! Take 3/4's of their pay until all the money they spent is repaid. That would "cure" their bad decision-making and would be a good lesson for those who plan similar junkets in the future.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  76. Dan Bednarik

    Jack: The question you ask made me wonder why I should write the check to the US Treasury for the approximate $7,000 I owe in taxes this year. Maybe I shouldn't write it - maybe ALL of us shouldn't write that check. Let them come after us.. what can they possibly do to a majority of tax paying Americans. These GSA head should go to jail for life and the SS Agents should be executed by public hanging for treason.

    Dan Bednarik, PhD

    April 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  77. Quincy from Ky.

    Who's minding the store? OPEC, China, Brazille, Japan, etc..etc..etc..but obviously not anyone important, like...oh, I don't know...our elected officials? Typical BS...but, this will be a great cover for something else they can hde now.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  78. Cheryl Lake Tahoe

    While President Obama continues to vilify Wall Street for it's excesses, his out of control Government continues to waste tax dollars all the while he's asking for more money from an already strapped country. Is that Nero's fiddle I hear?

    April 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  79. Eric

    Jack, I have served in the government for over 20 years, this is the norm. Until we change the mindset of use your budget or lose your budget, you won't change a thing. There is no true reward for saving the tax payer's money in the government system.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  80. Cee.Louisiana

    This is indeed disgraceful behavior, it is a threat to our national security,and if the allegations are true....they all should be fired.......but it is a sociatal trend, of outragious behavior........I see in all aspects of life......not just the GSA and Secret service.......and it has been esculating for a number of years........

    April 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  81. R of ELPTX

    who is in charge, maybe the question should be "who isnt in charge". where should the 'charge" come from?: the three branches of government? the military? or maybe, (UNLESS SOMEONE HAS FORGOTTEN) WE, THE PEOPLE.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  82. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    Nobody. They are all greedy. Apparently, they are using their positons as a good time and money making experience. I've said it for years, they don't respent the money. It's just something they can play with. That goes for all federal employees, including all of congress. They are not representing our country well either. Every secret servilce agent involved should be fired, not put on leave or asked to resign. FIRED!!!! Military personel involved should be retired immediately at a lower rank.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  83. Dave

    Who's on second. This is really a serious question? The Republicans in Congress have been saying that Obama hasn't been leading the country for over a year now. The fact of the matter is, is that there's so much going on outside of the country that he doesn't have time to deal with America's problems anymore. I guess that's why there are so many people on food stamps. -alabama

    April 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  84. Oliver El Paso, TX

    Someone drop the ball on discipline and respect for the secret service and the security of the president of united state.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  85. Ann from Charleston SC

    The inmates are minding the store. This latest scandel justifies for me the need for regulation in all areas of public life. We are all flawed, and we need supervisors to keep track of who is doing what to whom.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  86. lou

    Politicians don't work for the tax payers anymore either. Why is it so surpising that people in other governmental agencies are following our leader's example?

    April 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  87. Indy in NM

    I'm so disgusted with this administration I no longer have a gag-reflex. "This too shall pass" has yielded to "Serenity now – Serenity NOW!

    April 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  88. N K, Florida

    Who is minding the store? Nobody, Jack.......just plain nobody.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  89. Mark, Tempe Az

    No one, Jack. Congress doesn't do it's job, the Secret Service and various agencies party when they should be working, and the average citizen is stuck working like a dog, if lucky enough to have a job. And now they even want to eliminate food stamps for the needy. We're on our own.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  90. Michael

    Whos minding the store? Jack, I was born and raised in DC. Sounds like business as usual

    April 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  91. Lance Acker #LAsLists

    The Stores being Looted Jack n the word MIND is Spot On as to THINKING n Decisions in Governance n the Duty & Honor of being assigned to to Presidential Security

    April 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  92. Surrounded by Fools

    This should be interesting. The anti-Obama crowd will now make an argument that his saftey was compromised. And, they'll spend billions of our tax dollars "investigating" why, force better security, and then blame the president for overspending on his "personal" protection.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  93. Allen

    This cracks me up, people are so astounding that our government is corrupt and lies, just as the corporations do, and its been happening for years! Nobody ever paid attention and the ones that did either were threaten with getting fired or were just plain bribed. Obama makes me laugh too, with the investigation into the oil companies. If there was a real independent investigation, you'd find manipulation in one night... that is if the CEO hasn't burned and evidence. The banks and fortune 500 companies pay off senators and congressmen/ women alike so they can throw in a few lines here and there into legislation to let them get tax breaks, or to deregulate the market. People are protesting against either the government or corporations... but what they don't understand is that it's both. If the 1% keep stepping on the rest of us and there will be another revolution!

    April 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  94. JLK in Tucson

    "Who's in charge?". You gotta be kidding. This administration has only one goal, keep Obama in office. They spend millions of dollars flying everywhere for personal benefit on Air Force One and Air Force Two. The GSA fiasco is a drop in the bucket... The US taxpayer will be far better-off when this administration and it's minions are out of Washington.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  95. Mary J s

    from Sarasota FL Granted, I was taught as a child to never compare myself to those who are of a lesser order, let me say this. Many other countries around the world do a lot worse than we in the corruption and misbehavior department. Regarding many of the comments I read here, it also appears most of us are extremely provincial in our thinking. We act like we are living in a small midwestern town gossiping about our neighbors. Nasty stinkin' Thinkin' going on with many folks. This is not a political issue and that is that.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  96. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Jack you should know by now the inmates run the asylum. Do you really think this is the first time? or the first time they were caught? Don't you think other local, state and federal agencies (living off our taxpayer dollars) are doing the same thing right now? Only a few get caught , but who polices the police? Who watches the GSA? Can you imagine how much we could cut into the deficit by a general cleanup of missued and misspent funds?

    April 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  97. Roger Parrish, San Diego, CA

    Any good administrator knows that when members of an agency embarrass the American people and POTUS, its time to clean house and kick some backsides. This is NOT the time for the the Director of the Secret Service to be praising his people as he did on the weekend. The Secret Service couldn't even take care of a $47 hooker's charge and we expect them to take care of the POTUS!
    The GSA should be striped of any "slush funds" that could lead to such disgusting excesses. Can anybody remember the lavish awards party that NASA threw at Hilton Head that cost millions of taxpayer dollars; No More!

    April 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  98. Marie S. Port St Luice FL

    I think that the behavior of government employees, politicians, and the public at large displays an extreme disrespect for the president. Why would the Secret Service behave in such a derelict manner? Why would they risk their careers? Why would the GSA employees mock their jobs and their responsibilities and post their disdain on the Internet for the whole world to see? These reprehensible people would do this and risk our president's life because they simply do not care. It is an embarrassment for all Americans.
    Marie S.
    Port St Lucie, FL

    April 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  99. Gail, Plano TX.

    Jack: Have you forgotten that the Secret Service agents who were guarding JFK were out drinking and carousing at strip bars here in Dallas? So, some things never change.
    As far as the GSA's using our money for partying, well, why don't you address the money it costs each time a US Senator travels abroad with pals to ostensibly address war torn countries! I thought we have a Sec. Of State & Sec. Of Defense to do that job.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  100. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    I read the first couple paragraphs and had to stop Jack. "Your government gone wild"? "It's a threat to national security"?

    Its really hard to take you seriously anymore when you throw around these ridiculous exaggerations.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  101. Judy

    Apparently NO One is minding the store. Seems to me Obama has spent his time in Air Force one and entertaining movie stars. His entire term seems to be "Party Hardy". So what else can he expect! It's all about the example, isn't it?

    April 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  102. Remus Redbone

    Who's minding the store? The community organizer is at the top, and then there are several more layers BELOW him.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm |