IRRATIONAL REVENUE SPENDERS
IRRATIONAL REVENUE SPENDERS
The IRS just can’t seem to care about costs. It should be no surprise as they can steal enough from the conservatives and make millions for their lawyer friends who donate the money to Congress to protect them. Can you believe that an Inspector General is reporting that the IRS spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012?
Newsmax reported that the Treasury Department’s inspector general will release this report on June 4th. They reported that the department issued a statement Sunday saying the administration “has already taken aggressive and dramatic action to reduce conference spending.” WOW!
Three congressional committees are investigating, a Justice Department criminal investigation is under way, President Barack Obama has replaced the IRS’ acting commissioner and two other top officials have stepped aside.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Chairman of one Committee has released excerpts of congressional investigators’ interviews with employees of the IRS office in Cincinnati. He stated that the interviews indicated the employees were directed by Washington to subject various conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status to tough scrutiny.
Rep. Elijah Cummings D-Maryland, said none of the employees interviewed have so far identified any IRS officials in Washington as ordering that targeting.
One of these two Congressmen is lying which is nothing new and the media will bury these stories until the whole thing is forgotten.
Democrats are allowed to lie when they control any branch of government and always have. Republicans never have the gonads to actually vote to put any elected or appointed official in jail for breaking the law. With Eric Holder selecting which laws to enforce on Republicans only, it just stays business as usual in the Washington sewers. Changing control of power allows the Democrats to make the Republicans look like idiots as they fight each other.
Newsmax also reported that just one conference spent $4 million for an August 2010 gathering in Anaheim, Calif. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reported the IRS did not even negotiate lower room rates, even though that is standard government practice.
Some of the 2,600 attendees received benefits, including baseball tickets and stays in presidential suites that normally cost $1,500 to $3,500 per night. In addition, 15 outside speakers were paid a total of $135,000 in fees, with one paid $17,000 to talk about “leadership through art”.
Last Friday, the new acting commissioner, Danny Werfel, released a statement on the forthcoming report criticizing the Anaheim meeting.
“This conference is an unfortunate vestige from a prior era,” Werfel said. “While there were legitimate reasons for holding the meeting, many of the expenses associated with it were inappropriate and should not have occurred.” WOW!
You would think that this would have occurred before the money was spent like a business would do. It just proves that our government has no requirements or intentions to function with common sense or like a business.
I am and will always be critical of our government, regardless of who is in power, especially when they ignore their responsibilities to function professionally. It matters not “who” screws up, it matters a lot that we never find out “why” and that “no one” ever gets fired.
Please don’t faint, I am elated to give praise and applaud everyone in US government service during my nearly 83 years of life. They are the World Champions at “Lying, Wasting Tax Money and Making Excuses”.
C Brewer June 3, 2013
You are not alone in the U.S. Clyde. We, in all the ‘western democracies’ face a crisis of faith in our elected representatives. Unless we do something I propose that we are doomed to fail.
It appears most of the worlds governments have gone mad for money and power.