Cheers. This drinks not for you. But you’ll be paying for it anyway. The government is no cheap date – that’s quantity not quality – so make sure you bring cash because the State Department’s alcohol tab has doubled over the last year and it’s up to the taxpayer to cough up the cash. And the government apparently doesn’t cater to teetotalers.

The liquor bill, $139,657 in 2008, increased to $294,639 in 2009, apparently part of the discretionary spending not subject to Obama’s alleged spending freeze.

In fact, months after one of Obama’s plentiful speeches about wasteful spending, the U.S. Department of State spent $3,814 on Jack Daniel’s whiskey, the Washington Times reported.

When the feds need a Monkey Spanker, they get a Monkey Spanker.

State Department spokesman Noel Clay didn’t see a problem with the liquor bill. Of course, he isn’t paying for it.

“As part of the department’s work in representing the United States and its interests here and abroad, U.S. officials may hold receptions and representational events,” he said.

In other words, Hillary is only invited to parties if she brings the beer.

Clay went on to say it was perfectly legal, spending taxpayer money on liquor and entertainment to “enable the Department of State and foreign service to provide for the proper representation of the United States and it’s interests.”

It’s hazy exactly what those interests are. But that could be the alcohol talking. And if proper presentation of the United States requires everyone at state dinners to get hammered, it may be time for a refresher course in diplomacy and basic salesmanship.

Besides, since China is still ruminating on the possibility of maybe thinking about the chance of a perceived but not necessarily binding discussion on the option of a conceivable but not definitive collaboration with the international community in not actually threatening anyone but simply increasing tough new sanctions on Iran, the state department might need all the Sam Adams they can get. Though the man’s ideology, not the beer, would do more good.

“Alcohol is not served at all representational events or official receptions.”

What a relief, Mr. Clay. The government department tasked with the advancement of national freedom in the international community doesn’t necessarily need a buzz to get going in the morning. Though two fingers of Scotch in the afternoon really helps take the edge off.

That’s why the state department alcohol tab has doubled. It’s a tough job sitting down to catered diplomatic dinners.