Opinion: Latest IRS gaffe is maddening mess


We find last week’s news of the IRS complaints about tight budgets – even though the agency paid massive bonuses to misbehaved employees – to be curious and maddening as hell. This, of course, comes on the heels of us taking our annual shellacking on April 15. What it says to us is that we (and you) should have a thank-you note coming for the extra cash bestowed on these (cough) “high-performing” government workers. The awards totaling $2.8 million, to speak nothing of the approximately 27,000 hours in paid-time-off awards, really have us grinding our molars. This tells us, among other things, that an agency that once targeted conservative groups, and some of whose employees did not pay taxes but grabbed handfuls of reward cash without any resulting castigation (except for a boss losing a job), is appearing to be out of control. A report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration uncovered this whole new mess. The watchdog group determined that more than 2,800 employees either were previously disciplined for conduct issues or for failure to comply with federal tax requirements. Oh, and that money that was doled out? You guessed it; it’s yours. As you may recall, we have revulsion for much of the Republican Party and its leadership, but we believe that were a GOP member in the White House at present, this would be front-page, skewering news on a daily basis. But since the liberal, mainstream media is so enamored of the left, the story simply dies on the vine. Either there is universal dismay for this behavior with regard to the IRS (This has to bug you, right?), or America will have thrown in the towel.

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