Jewish World Review May 15, 2003 / 13 Iyar, 5763

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‘Capitol Offense’ goes postal | According to the official Web site of the Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service, they are supposed to ensure the efficiency and integrity of the postal system. In other words, they are going to root out wasteful spending for us. Well, that sounds like a pretty worthwhile way to spend federal tax dollars, right? Not so fast. The current inspector general, Karla Corcoran, is blowing her office's budget.

EVERY YEAR, SHE flies her employees from all over the country to Washington, D.C., to have sing-a-longs, to mimic animals, and to build sand castles. And, no, folks, I'm not kidding. I wish I were.

And what else is on the agenda for their weeklong retreats? Making gingerbread houses and dressing up like the Village People. Is this away to sleep-away camp or a U.S. government agency?

How much is this postal karaoke night going to take out of federal coffers? Whistle-blowers put the estimate at $1 million dollars. I guess cop uniforms and headdresses are getting pretty fancy.

And now that watchdog groups are on Corcoran's trail, guess who is footing her legal bill? That's right, friends: you and me, the taxpayers. And the list of indiscretions goes on and on and on. And it would be bad enough if this were just any postal worker, but this is a woman whose sole responsibility is to stop excessive spending. Thankfully, Karla Corcoran is currently being investigated by the Senate Finance Committee.

And, hopefully, they will get rid of her posthaste, because this is the kind of frivolous spending, that a lot of taxpayers are going to be postal about.

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