Last week I reported on the State Department spending over $400,000 for alcohol during the last fiscal year, which is triple the annual amount spent prior to the Democrats taking charge. They also proved how fiscally irresponsible they are under John Kerry’s leadership by binge spending for booze just prior to the government shutdown in October.
With millions of Americans out of work, losing their homes, families and self-respect because of the Democrats’ failing economic policies, the State Department isn’t done wasting our tax dollars. In addition to the $400,000 spent on libations, they’re also spending $1 million for a single piece of artwork.
Worse yet, the $1 million expenditure is going to Irish born artist Sean Scully and his sculpture is scheduled to be installed in the State Department’s London embassy. That’s right; $1 million of your tax dollars are being used to pay for a single piece of artwork that won’t even be seen inside the US. If any of us want to see what we purchased, we’ll have to travel to London.
Marie Harf, Deputy State Department spokeswoman tried to justify the expenditure, saying:
“This piece was purchased under the market price after considerable negotiation with both the artist and the gallery. This is an important part of our diplomatic presence overseas.”
Evidently, the State Department believes in displaying outlandishly expensive pieces of artwork in their embassies around the world. They call it their Art in Embassies program and claim that it has played an important role in diplomacy for over 50 years. Harf explained:
“Where we can promote cross-cultural understanding… we think that’s a good use of our limited resources.”
The State Department requested $2.5 million for their Art in Embassies program for 2013. Someone please explain to me how artwork helps in international diplomacy and if it’s really that important. Can’t our ambassadors negotiate anything without having artwork on the walls or in the embassy foyer or without having to impair their judgment with copious amounts of alcohol?
What happened to the days when two or more diplomats sat down at a table and discussed their wants, needs, demands and then hammered out agreements, treaties or trade agreements? It would save us taxpayers millions of dollars which are vitally needed here at home rather than abroad buying boozes and artwork.