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Sarah Palin Weighs in on GSA Spending and Secret Service Scandals

Government gone wild? From lavish spending sprees to shocking sex scandals, have the people running America run amok? Sarah Palin on policing the growing problem tonight at 10p/ 1a ET on On the Record.

In an opinion article posted on Rabbi Brad Hirschfield weighed in on both of these two growing controversies. He said:

Not all scandals are alike, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of recent events at the General Services Administration and the Secret Service. Don’t get me wrong, neither story is anything to be proud of, but even if the worst is confirmed regarding the behavior of 11 Secret Service personnel in Cartagena, the scenarios are fundamentally different and the GSA story is far worse.

To be sure, the agents who are suspected of bringing prostitutes to their hotel rooms clearly violated what Secret Service Assistant Director Paul S. Morrissey described as the service’s “zero-tolerance policy on personal misconduct.” And while I am no prude, and would never reduce my assessment of another person based on their decision to avail themselves of a prostitute, prostitution is not a victimless crime, and by supporting it, the agents involved supported a harmful practice, whether they intended to do so, or not.

So far, as this story unfolds, the agents appear not to have broken any laws.

We don't know all the facts here yet and we are also still left with a list of “what ifs”:

- Did the agents open themselves up to the possibility of being blackmailed? Right now, we do not have evidence that the women involved in the case, now perhaps as many as 21 of them, were foreign agents interested in obtaining otherwise secret information from the agents involved.

- Did the agents use tax-payer money to pay the prostitutes whom they are accused of bringing to the hotel?

Despite all these questions, I am convinced that the agents involved betrayed the public image of the Secret Service, and to a lesser extent, that of the nation. Unlike employees at the GSA, however, they did not betray the public trust. And that's a crucial difference.

Of course, should it emerge that any one of the possibilities just mentioned actually did occur, then we would have to move the agents’ behavior from the betrayal of image “column” to the betrayal of trust “column”, where the indiscretions at the GSA firmly stand.

Spending over $823,000 for a few days in Las Vegas, even for 300 people, as GSA did, is simply nuts.

Let’s do the math. -- That comes out to almost $3,000 dollars a head, in a city where they are practically giving away hotel rooms because the local economy is so bad! But it is not only crazy, it is offensive.

And that’s just the beginning.

Read the rest of this piece on and remember to watch what Sarah Palin has to say on On the Record tonight at 10p/ 1a ET!

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