Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Smallsonian Institute

The Smithsonian Institute's Secretary Lawrence M. Small is being called to be put under investigation for $90,000 of unauthorized expenses. Covering six years, Small's violations are actually quite small in the political scheme of things--"only" $15,000 a year.

I doubt Small will get into too much trouble for this. The Smithsonian is one of the few government agencies that people think are above politics. Yet this instance shows that no bureaucrats are angels. And if that's not enough, it appears that "After some of Small's expenditures were questioned, the [Board of] Regents rewrote some of the rules governing him to make sure there were no violations." They rewrote the rules just for him? No one is above politics.

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