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Government Spent Nearly $100,000 On Paintings Of Department Administrators — Money Well Spent?

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It doesn’t matter who you voted for,Obama or Romney, it comes down to principle and outrage. As the Obama administration starts its second term multiple agencies have quietly commissioned artists to paint official portraits of Cabinet secretaries and other top appointees — an expenditure often seen when officials are on the way out the door or already gone.

The Environmental Protection Agency spent nearly $40,000 on a portrait of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, while a painting of Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley will cost $41,200, according to federal purchasing records. The price tag for a 3-by-4-foot oil portrait of Agriculture Department Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack: $22,500.

All told, the government has paid out at least $180,000 for official portraits since last year, according to a review by The Washington Times of spending records at federal agencies and military offices across government. Clearly, as we are in the midst of the “economic cliff” one needs to stand up and say…really? Official Portraits? Of the President, okay maybe, but for the head of The Environmental Protection Agency to do so, it’s not only crazy but not needed in any way shape or form. Sorry lady, nobody is ever going to care you were the head of the EPA. Come on, this isnt rocket science here. I just needed to point this stuff out. I’m not a democrat or a republican. What I am is a very angry American.

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