The bungling imbeciles whose responsibility it is to guard the President of the United States, when not cavorting about on the job with prostitutes, driving drunk on the White House grounds, or allowing knife wielding prowlers free reign to jump the fence and enter the premises without permission, are now hard at it thinking of ever more ways to screw up while wasting the taxpayers money.
When it comes to spending other people’s money with reckless abandon, we can always count on government bureaucrats, agents and employees to do it best. If there is a problem they think it can be solved by throwing bundles of money at it.
Now the U.S. Secret Service is telling Congress it wants $8 million dollars to build a White House replica 20 miles away in Beltsville, Maryland for the purpose of training its officers. I’m not making this up.
Director, Joseph Clancy wants a fake mansion to provide his agents and officers “a more realistic training experience.”
"Right now, we train on a parking lot, basically," Clancy explained. "We put up a makeshift fence and walk off the distance between the fence at the White House and the actual house itself. We don't have the bushes, we don't have the fountains; we don't get a realistic look at the White House...
It's important to have a true replica of what the White House is so we can do a better job of this integrated training between our uniform division officers, our agents and our tactical teams... It would mimic the facade of the White House residence, the East and West Wings, guard booths, and the surrounding grounds and roads.”
Of course, he didn’t explain to the House Appropriations subcommittee exactly why his agents can’t simply do their training and drills at the most realistic place of them all – the White House. That way we’d save $8 million and the bunglers would have the perfect place to do their thing.
"You're going to build an $8 million White House for training?” "I have concerns about that," replied Rep. Henry Cuellar, (D) Texas.
Gee, do you think so?
$8 million for what?