Public service once meant something quite a bit different than it does today. Sure, the benefits have been very good to great for government employees for decades, but the reports we hear from agencies like the GSA and IRS sound like parties from the Internet tech boom of the 1990s.
This will not go over very well this week. From CNN’s State of the Union.
CNN’s Candy Crowley immediately asked Rep. Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) what the big deal was? After all, when we all heard about the GSA parties last spring and summer, we were told the problem had been fixed. I guess Crowley wants to leave the past in the past, but quite honestly we need to hear all the details about this stupidity over and over again. I could not give a crap if it happened 10 years ago, we need to hear about it to show the people the pattern.
Take our money – they think it belongs to them – and spend it any way they want. We get the rest. It’s been happening this way for decades. More from the aptly named Big Government website.
A report to be released on Tuesday investigating expenditures by the Internal Revenue Service will reveal that $50 million was lavished on some 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012.
In one case alone, the report finds that the IRS spent $4 million on a conference for 2,600 IRS employees held in Anaheim, California in August of 2010.
That’s more than $227,000 per meeting, and that one $4 million conference cost $1,500 and change per employee.
All of this for an agency – the Internal Revenue Service – which does not need to exist. Really, we can toss the entire tax structure we have now into the garbage and implement a Flat Tax or Fair Tax and level the entire federal agency. At the same time, we can wipe out the Department of Education too.
Just another Symptom of the Disease folks.