By John Vibes
In 2013, the US government spent nearly $1.3 million on alcohol, more than quadruple the $315,000 spent in 2005, according to The Washington Times.
The times also reported that the State Department awarded a $5 million contract to a Vermont glass manufacturer to supply all embassies and diplomatic posts with high-quality crystal dinnerware that emits “a sharp high-pitched resonant sound when tapped with a metal object, such as a fork or spoon.”
“You could say that Washington’s quite literally drunk on other people’s money,” Jonathan Bydlak, president of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, told the Times. “It’s very symbolic of the kind of problem we have in a whole host of government areas.”
When the Times asked about alcohol purchases in 2010, the department told the newspaper in a statement, “The United States wishes to make the best impression in its dealings with foreign governments and other groups and carries out lawfully its representational activities, including its diplomatic receptions, in as effective and as culturally appropriate a manner as possible.”
Since this most recent report the State Department has refused to answer any questions about the large alcohol bill.
John Vibes is an investigative journalist, staff writer and editor for Intellihub News where this article originally appeared. He is also the author of an 90 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” and is an artist with an established record label.
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