WASHINGTON --- Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department is spending $5.4 million to buy fine crystal stemware for American embassies -- but it won't give the US economy much of a boost.
The contract was given to a tiny Washington, DC, interior designer, which in turn subcontracted the crystal work to a Swedish firm -- snubbing such US companies as the famous manufacturer in Clinton's own back yard, Steuben Crystal of upstate Corning.
The firm didn't even get a chance to bid on the contract, which will outfit embassies and ambassadors' residences with fancy crystal for ritzy functions.
This is ridiculous. If the government had any shame, they'd haul their sorry asses to Wal-Mart and purchase some fifty-cent drinking glasses like the rest of us.
Hell, I'd even be OK if they used plastic cups. What fuels the need to throw extravagant parties at a time like this is beyond me.
And these fools think after wasting an ungodly amount of money on a bunch of glasses, they are qualified to run your health care with no fraud, no waste, and no rationing.