The Secret Service and the Imperial Presidency

If God created war so as to teach Americans geography, then perhaps He created scandal so as to teach us about bureaucracy. The Secret Service scandal, with its irresistible sex-sells appeal to the media, guarantees that an aspect of Big Government that has heretofore remained invisible to the public will get plenty of scrutiny. To wit: the gigantic expense of the presidential entourage as it travels at home and overseas.  Excess is built upon excess, with Uncle Sam spending without limit. Compared to the way other heads of state travel, our president is in a different category altogether. Mark Steyn, with his characteristic mocking wit, tackles the Cartagena follies in light of his own brushes with presidential entourages, making the reader both laugh and think about the media obsession du jour: ...sometimes it helps to step back and consider the bigger picture. Why were 21 officials of the United States government able to enjoy a night of pleasure with 21 prostitutes, whether...(Read Full Post)