Gosh, some things just get lost in the news.
"Clinton Says US Diplomacy Abroad Creates Jobs at Home, Warns Against Cuts" July 12, 2011ABC News' Kirit Radia reports:
"In a speech in Washington...[Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton argued that American investments and diplomacy abroad pay back dividends by creating jobs in the United States. She also warned that nothing short of America’s global primacy is at risk if those efforts are not properly resourced."
Maybe the State Department should trim their $5.4 Million drinking glasses budget....
and stop buying them from non-experienced but Oh-So-Well-Connected Interior Designers...
who promptly subcontract to foreign companies without allowing American companies to bid...
while committing fraud:
De$igning woman defrauded feds
By GEOFF EARLE, NY Post Correspondent (who broke and persistently followed this story)
Last Updated: 7:07 AM, April 22, 2011
"WASHINGTON -- A politically connected interior designer who won a $5.4 million deal to design fancy crystal glassware for Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department has pleaded guilty to committing fraud to get another government contract.
"Darlene Mathis-Gardner, the owner of Systems Design Inc., admitted to conspiring to defraud the United States and misrepresenting other contractors as her own employees in order to land a $1.3 million contract to do interior-design work at a Department of Homeland Security building in DC.
"She faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
"The person overseeing Mathis-Gardner's State Department contract gave more than $4,000 to then-Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
"Whistleblower Doris Southern, who used to handle the contract at State, says she was forced out for resisting it."
More background here.
I don't know about anyone else, but honestly, whenever my family finances are a concern, the "wine glass budget" is usually one of the first things we jettison. All those little piddly expenses will eat up a paycheck faster than anything.
UPDATE 8/6 : Heh. Thanks to Miss QR for including this post in Bread Upon The Waters' sidebar item "Quite Rightly's List of Good Places to Start Budget Cutting"