Spending binge before shutdown?

Washington Post:

As Congress fights over the budget, an agency spends $562,000 on artwork

It’s “use it or lose it” time as agencies make a blitz of expensive decisions in an attempt to spend their allotted funds by Sept. 30.
This should be an embarrassment to the Democrats, but probably will not be.  It is an example of the fact that there are large potential saving in every aspect of government.  The sequester has not stopped the bleeding and Nancy Pelosi's suggestion that there is nothing left to cut looks ridiculous.

Then there is this:
Army Paid $16 Million to Deserters, AWOL Soldiers, Audit Finds

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