Last month, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General released a report about the
Infernal Internal Revenue Agency. That Agency, as you will recall, has been shown to have discriminated against conservative organizations trying to obtain certain tax statuses. Nearly five years after the first revelation of this, there has been NO accountability. Lois Lerner is gone, but was not penalized in any way for the wrongdoing on her watch (she was allowed to take full retirement).
Now the IG reveals the Agency rehired 200 (that’s “two hundred“) former employees who had either been terminated for cause or left while under substantiated investigation of wrongdoing. That included four who were fired for “willful failure to properly file their Federal tax returns.”
To be fair to the IRS (…yeah, right…), they’re only following the example of the Veteran’s Administration, whose Human Resources department shuffles failing or criminal employees from post to post rather than letting them go. (Yes, I know the VA now touts having fired 500+ employees recently… but the list shows these are mostly lower-level employees and a handful of physicians, not the highly paid failing leadership.)
THIS is the “swamp” many people elected Trump to “drain.” THIS is why people have no faith in their government anymore. Congress is bad enough, but the various Minions of MordorTM are like an infection you can’t cure. In fact, much like an infection they seem to become more resistant every time there’s an attempt to fight them.
This permeates the whole of government. As a supervisor I saw this first hand, as it took me over a year to discipline an employee who was unqualified to be in their position in the first place (and who made no effort whatsoever to become so). There needs to be a wholesale overhaul of the Civil Service; one that ensures government “service” doesn’t become a lifetime gravy train regardless of performance (or misconduct).
I guess the Republican Congress could get around to that after finally fulfilling their pledge of many years to repeal Obamacare. But that, of course, now has to wait until they’ve raised the debt ceiling (yet again). Oh, and a new fiscal year starts October 1st, but there’s no budget in place yet (status normal). Then there’s the promise of trying for tax reform… You get the picture: accountability isn’t very high on the list.
It never is…