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    Re: S.S. execs spend $700K on Ariz. trip

    I really wouldn't mind this too much except for the fact:

    1. The Congress and Obama jumped down the throats of corporations that did the exact same thing.

    2. The SSA should forget this type of shindig and set an example.

    In normal times, I think getting together everyone to share experiences is great, but we are not in normal times.

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    Re: S.S. execs spend $700K on Ariz. trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    My understanding was that the trip was a conference on administrative efficiency, and that the outcome of the conference should be leading to considerable savings in the maintenance and operation of Social Security's programs. Obviously, such a thing would be detrimental if done too often-- but if the conference leads to saving so much as half a million dollars every year, out of a multiple billion dollar program, it will have paid for itself within a year or two.
    Plus, it was only $1k per person for three days - not exactly extravagant.

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    Re: S.S. execs spend $700K on Ariz. trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    In normal times, I think getting together everyone to share experiences is great, but we are not in normal times.
    I don't think it is even good on normal times. Why should the taxpayers pay for this?

    I mean should taxpayers pay for the managers of Best Buy to get together? I mean it may improve productivity and all. What about Wal-Mart, what about <insert private company here>.

    It isn't right that the taxpayers pay for this sort of thing.

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    Re: S.S. execs spend $700K on Ariz. trip

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Plus, it was only $1k per person for three days - not exactly extravagant.
    I need to do this in caps because people are having a hard time undertanding.

    It isn't about getting a good deal.

    IT IS ABOUT GETTING A GOOD DEAL ON THE TAXPAYERS DIME.

    And sying it WILL produce better productivity is a Big ****ing IF. How can you produce better productivity in a system that is doomed to fail eventually?

    Do you NOT understand this?
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    Re: S.S. execs spend $700K on Ariz. trip

    I'll bet Congress spends $700K on lunch everyday.
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    Re: S.S. execs spend $700K on Ariz. trip

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Plus, it was only $1k per person for three days - not exactly extravagant.
    No extravagant? Your average working stiff can't afford a trip that costs a grand per day. A $1k per day trip is way above the national average.
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    Re: S.S. execs spend $700K on Ariz. trip

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I'll bet Congress spends $700K on lunch everyday.
    That's your excuse? Because someone does the same thing it is ok?

    Grow up.

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    Re: S.S. execs spend $700K on Ariz. trip

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    No extravagant? Your average working stiff can't afford a trip that costs a grand per day. A $1k per day trip is way above the national average.

    Ehrm .... that's not PER DAY.

    Three day trip ... $1k per person .... includes airfare.

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    Re: S.S. execs spend $700K on Ariz. trip

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    I need to do this in caps because people are having a hard time undertanding.

    It isn't about getting a good deal.

    IT IS ABOUT GETTING A GOOD DEAL ON THE TAXPAYERS DIME.

    And sying it WILL produce better productivity is a Big ****ing IF. How can you produce better productivity in a system that is doomed to fail eventually?

    Do you NOT understand this?

    Sorry, dude, you're in left field
    I want professionals working on my dime, and sending professionals to a professional conference so that I get better output for my dime is just plain good business sense.

    Unless .... you're advocating for expressionless, unhelpful, unimaginative, automatons who are just collecting a paycheck?

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    Re: S.S. execs spend $700K on Ariz. trip

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Ehrm .... that's not PER DAY.

    Three day trip ... $1k per person .... includes airfare.
    The appropriate criteria for government spending is not its relative extravagance, it's necessity. This ridiculous trip was not necessary.

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