Your Tax Dollars At Work

Were there 11 or 13 doorknobs missing? Do "slasher marks" constitute actual writing on a wall? The General Accounting Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, and the Bush White House nitpicked over such questions in a 215-page GAO report on allegations of vandalism at the White House by Clinton staffers before the Bush takeover. The report, which took nine months to assemble, includes the 82-page GAO text, followed by a 78-page White House rebuttal and another 53 pages of GAO comment on the White House rebuttal. All this cost far more than the roughly $20,000 in damages--which the GAO was...

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