Ben Stein's Headintushitis
In another example of Pharisaism, Treasury is now requiring the businesses that receive taxpayer money to have fewer and more modest meetings in more dreary locales -- certainly not near the beach or in Las Vegas.
This is an extremely unsophisticated attitude. I attend many of these meetings each year. The attendees have to work very hard to earn a slot at these meetings. This process actually raises productivity.
Then, once the attendees get to the meetings, they have to get up very early each day, hear speeches from experts in their fields, take notes, have seminars about their notes, hear more speeches, and meet new people to do more business. Then, exhausted from a very long day, they are offered the chance to play golf -- and my experience is that most of them are far too tired to do so.
I feel so bad... I just got back from a meeting in a very fancy place, and some of these guys at the evening entertainment -- exhausted from watching NBA clips on their netbooks and text-messaging people during company presentations -- could barely summon the energy to slobber on gogo dancers and grope the scantily clad women in the concert crowd. (The large-busted blonde falling out of her dress and yelling "I'm so hiiiigh!" was especially popular.)
These guys weren't spending taxpayer dollars, of course.
How dare we keep the recipients of those funds away from the perks they deserve for all their hard work losing billions of dollars?