The tax man’s cut

Compared to the median American salary, many Federal employees tend to do fairly well.  In fact, the District of Corruption (or “Capitol”) is doing quite well economically, compared to the Districts rest of the country.  But wait — there’s more! TM

report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration shows that between Oct. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2012, the IRS paid $2.8 million in bonuses to employees cited in the past year for such things as drug use, making violent threats, fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits, misusing government credit cards and — get this — failing to pay their taxes.

The report said more than 1,100 employees who failed to pay their taxes received discretionary awards of more than $1 million in cash bonuses and more than 10,000 hours in extra paid vacation.

At least five employees received performance awards after being disciplined for intentionally under-reporting their tax liabilities for multiples years, paying taxes late and under-reporting income.

I wonder how many truly timely medical appointments $2.8 million could have provided at the Veterans Administration hospital in Phoenix, Arizona:

At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.

The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.

For six months, CNN has been reporting on extended delays in health care appointments suffered by veterans across the country and who died while waiting for appointments and care. But the new revelations about the Phoenix VA are perhaps the most disturbing and striking to come to light thus far…

To summarize: those in charge of taxing the rest of us can commit all kinds of offenses, and get REWARDED with more of our tax dollars.  Meanwhile, those who bore the burden of our nation’s many ill-advised recent foreign adventures are stranded deliberately by a bureaucracy far more concerned with providing good reports than good supports.

It’s said you can tell a lot about a person’s priorities by looking at their spending.   What do these two reports tell us about Uncle Sam?  Sadly, it also tells us a lot that with this revelation capping a particularly revealing year, there aren’t massive demonstrations demanding dismantlement of the IRS.

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2 thoughts on “The tax man’s cut

  1. @font-face{font-family:Calibri;panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;}Unfortunately, those extra paid vacation days are probably the “furlough” days from the government’s big shut down when Congress yet again refused to do their job with the budget. Amazing how much of this never hits the news for the average American to hear about and horrible that our veterans are again the ones left to suffer and pay for the stupidity of our “leadership”.

  2. Pingback: “What difference, at this point, does it make…” | A True Progressive

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