Feds Spent $180k On Liquor Days Before & During Government Shutdown

By: Michael Lotfi


By Michael Lotfi,

According to Washington Times journalist Jim McElhatton, the US State Department spent approximately $180,000 for liquor to stockpile US embassy liquor cabinets as the federal government prepared to shut down in September.

The $180k September liquor tab ends the fiscal year, which brought the total liquor costs to more than $400,000 for the year. This almost $1/2 million tab is more than 3x the tab for FY 2008.

The outlandish bills include:

- $5,625 for “gratuity wine” at the embassy in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 29, which was followed by $5,925 for “gratuity whiskey” on the day the shutdown began.

-$22,416 in wine at the embassy in Tokyo.

-$15,900 in bourbon and whiskey in Moscow.

According to the report, the State Department purposefully went on a buying binge just before and during the shutdown so that there wouldn’t be any excess funds in their budgets, which would expose themselves to congressional budget cuts. Rather than save the tax-payers money, the feds opted to binge on liquor. Never-mind the fact that they would have had budget surplus if they hadn’t bought $180k worth of liquor.

To read more absurd ways the US government wastes your money, check out this article by Kristin Tate, Benswann.com journalist. 

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Michael Lotfi is a political analyst and strategist living in Nashville, Tennessee where he works as the executive director for the Tenth Amendment Center (TN). Lotfi also writes a column at The Washington Times called "American Millennial". Lotfi graduated in the top 5% of his class with honors from Belmont University, an award winning, private university located in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • andi

    reminds me of game of thrones

  • wasteful

    typical use it or lose it government mentality that is seen in all aspects of government….

  • guest

    I think the real issue is why are taxpayers funding politician’s drinking habits?

    • a

      how else are you going to get the Russians to share secrets about the Chinese?

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    You have it all wrong. This is a stimulus for Kentucky bourbon producers and Tennessee whiskey distillers. It’s shot glass ready. This is another example of government creating jobs for us. We should be grateful for their wise redistributions of wealth. They’re managing our economy, and only charging us a 50% overhead cost.

  • bleedinell

    I’m stockpiling liquor too.
    Going to be a long recovery after the SHTF.