JEFF Neely is the government official who made a video of himself living large in a hot tub at a 2011 conference in Las Vegas - at taxpayers' expense.
This is in sharp contrast to President Obama's admonishment to bailed-out businesses in his first month in office: "You can't go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers' dime."
Neely is not the only government official visiting Vegas and other vacation lands.
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., is investigating 77 such conferences by the General Services Administration alone. Neely works for the GSA.
The agency suspended the program in April. Why wasn't this done in February 2009 when the president said private business could not do this?
This is do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do governance.
POWER outages left 670 million residents of India without electricity this week. That is nearly double the combined population of the United States and Canada.
India over the last 20 years has emerged as an economic powerhouse.
But its future is threatened by its failure to modernize critical infrastructure like its power grid.
West Virginians got a taste of what that means with the June 29 super-derecho.
The United States should learn from India's mistake and put a priority on an orderly replacement of its own aging power grid.
ALCOA and Saudi Arabia are developing a fully integrated mine-to-rolled-product aluminum complex.
"The automotive facility in the Ma'aden-Alcoa aluminum complex, Saudi Arabia will be one of the largest and most efficient aluminum complexes in the world because it will comprise a mine, alumina refinery, aluminum smelter and rolling mill and will be producing lightweight aluminum for use in vehicle manufacturing," azom.com reported.
Members of United Steelworkers Local 5668 in Ravenswood and opponents of coal-fired electric plants might keep this in mind.
Competitors are everywhere, and they are not sitting still.