Another smidgen of IRS corruption

There’s nothing like the truth to erode the credibility of America’s chief executive. Remember when President Obama told Bill O’Reilly during his Super Bowl interview “There is not a smidgen of corruption,” referring to the IRS?

Not only does it appear there might be a “smidgen” of corruption, there is apparently a steaming pile of incompetence as well. According to a report by the Associated Press, the Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes. More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes. A report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration indicates the bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012. George also uncovered the IRS targeting of conservative groups for which he was viciously attacked by liberal progressives.

George’s report said the bonus program doesn’t violate federal regulations, but it’s inconsistent with the IRS mission to enforce tax laws. Other examples of misconduct by workers getting bonuses included misusing government credit cards for travel, drug use, violent threats and fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits.

Having served in the military for 22 years, I can attest to the fact that misuse of government credit cards, drug use, and violent threats do not result in a bonus. It does result in a kick in the butt by way of punishment and/or separation from service.

Every year our men and women in uniform and our military retirees have to beg for a simple Cost of Living Allowance (COLA ) increase. Instead of our hard-earned resources going to those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom, our tax dollars are given to a government agency with low standards of integrity and character, and whose tactics are fear and intimidation against the people who pay their salaries.

This is the Beltway Bandit way of doing business. They tout that there are no raises for federal government employees — they get “bonuses” instead.

With this thought process, perhaps Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy should get an IRS bonus since, according to Harry Reid, he supposedly owes back taxes.

There is a growing separation between Washington DC and the rest of America. It’s clearly becoming a den of deceit where the rules applicable to everyone else don’t apply to government employees. This is why we need to move towards tax reform that reduces the power, influence and corruption of the IRS. This news is a blatantly disrespectful slap in the face of hard-working American taxpayers. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of turning the other cheek.

As a commander in the Army, budgeting guidance and spending priorities for my unit came from me. President Obama is the chief executive and the head of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. Perhaps if he had some experience being in charge of something—anything– he would know how to manage subordinate agencies. Other than jet-setting around and giving incessant staged speeches, what are Obama’s priorities?

“Not a smidgen of IRS corruption?” As if he’d recognize it…

46 COMMENTS

  1. we need tax reform, election reform, and a new party of military people like yourself to straighten this country out before it’s gone

  2. This is the Hallmark of the libtards of DC. Reward people for their job performance, They may owe back taxes but that’s okay as long as they target Conservatives, they won’t have to face any disciplinary action for not paying their taxes.

    • Who do you think is allowing this? The corrupt Administration and Big Bosses they put into these positions. Should they be fired, you better believe it, every damn one of them. If you can’t keep your Soul and Ethics in any job, then you don’t need to be working.

      • Ultimately any wrong doing is the responsibility of the Boss. Sure there is the Boss of the IRS who is responsible for his employees actions but he gets his marching orders from the top. Who is the Top?
        one guess.
        barry.
        The democrats have no soul or ethics

  3. Please try not to lump ALL Fed employees with the IRS.
    There are people who mop floors, change sheets at the VA, tend military cemeteries, wash dishes, landscape, answer phones, cook at govt. cafeterias, clerks and a myriad of other not so great paying jobs. They don’t have fantastic golden benefits. Some are not at the magic $10,10 proposed minimum wage. They have not had but a 1 time 1% cost of living wage in 5 years. They actually can be fired at the drop of a hat unlike popular belief. Retirement? good luck to them.
    That said, screw the IRS.

    • I agree. But for each cook, dish washer, clerk etc, there are 10 middle manager bureaucrats and 2 agencies. Shutter one of the agencies and fire 9 of the bureaucrats and keep the useful employees.

    • Thank you! You are the only person I have ever seen on post, other than myself, say something positive about Federal Workers. Col West has never said one damn nice word about Federal Workers. Everyone is lumped into the same category as the corrupt ones that Obama has hired. What Col West and others don’t want to acknowledge, is there are a lot of good Civilians and Veterans that are part of the Federal Workers. I worked almost 40 years in the Federal government and worked my ass off doing my job and supporting our Military every day of my career. Just to let all of you know, the Union “DOES NOT” have anything to do with the pay Civil Servants receive. They are there only to answer complaints filed by the worker. Yes, Federal Workers do get fired, but not the ones that Obama has hired and the ones the Big Bosses hire. Would I clean house? You better believe it! Second, “NO” one stopped you from getting a job in the Federal Government and Military, so quit your bitching about the ones that chose to take that path. Just to let you know something else; it’s the Supervisors that make the big money, not the workers. If you want to Bitch about someone, Bitch about what the Elected Officials receive. PS-Col West, this is the reason I would not vote for you!!!!!!!

      • At an agency I know of (really well), they are trying to drop workers 2 gs grades after quadrupling their work loads. Some of these people have not taken a lunch break in years (again I know)The civilian sector already makes more money than these dedicated, and ok, some not so motivated workers.They look out the window at all the govt. contracted workers making a fortune on construction and assorted jobs and sigh.

  4. Nice Col. West and right on. Our current fraud-in-chief has never run so much as a lemonade stand and has no clue how to “run” anything, except his mouth.
    If we don’t get back to constitutional govt and elect those that will respect that piece of paper, we are done as a nation and a democratic republic experiment in history.

  5. LTC West…has anyone determined what these IRS employees accomplished to receive the bonus? Could it be directly related to the amount of money each is able to squeeze out of those of us who are audited??

  6. LTC West…has anyone determined what these IRS employees accomplished to receive the bonus? Could it be directly related to the amount of money each is able to squeeze out of those of us who are audited??

  7. His priorities are #1. destroying America & # 2. Forming this country into a Socialist nation. And he is succeeding..

  8. His priorities are #1. destroying America & # 2. Forming this country into a Socialist nation. And he is succeeding..

  9. We are awake and listening by the millions Col. West. Join us in Operation American Spring and help put these criminals out of our government. Please check into it, talk to Col. Riley and see what you think. We need men like you.

  10. We are awake and listening by the millions Col. West. Join us in Operation American Spring and help put these criminals out of our government. Please check into it, talk to Col. Riley and see what you think. We need men like you.

  11. What we need is a differnt way the federal gets it’s tax money.An amenment to do away with the income tax then getting rid of the I.R.S.A national retail sales tax would do the job.No income tax just sales tax.A very blind and fair way to tax people for every one no matter of source of income will have to pay it.

      • True and that would be good for them.So many could work for private companys doing the same basic job they had with the government.I am no bleeding heart ether so in my view that reduce spending a lot by getting rid of government workers.

      • I am with you but do you realize how many thousands of people just in the IRS would be jobless and who the hell wants to hire them, then it should ricochet down the line with more people let go…..Just saying……I for one want a consumption tax…fair and simple

      • That is what I am saying.The I.R.S. goons could draw unemployment while finding new jobs.If they can’t find work screw them.

      • Not for the most part.A few most likey though.They have skills thatr the privete sectour can asorbe fairly easy.Book keepers and acountants is what they cand do.

  12. it seems that if one relies on congress and the judicial branches to do whats needed we might as well for get it while i haft to admit Not all are ignorant or corrupt nor are many of them cowards. they don’t have the support to jump in and do what needs doing it goes much deeper i fear than what is currently known. but as its written when good god fearing men do nothing evil will win. perhaps that is not exactly word for word. how ever we have let the minority take over the minority of hate fear and avarice with nothing but greed hate olivaint intent towards us our country and our faith , and all this country has stood for. we have let our sense of fair play honor and justice be used against us . going along to get along is no longer executable. we have allowed our fear of being politically or socially incorrect be used like a leach or a whip. .Remember God is not the arthur of fear or hate. we need good mean God fearing christ loving men of good morals cartier of good heart and honest intent But hey its just my opinion, and who listens to a well ime not going there. God bless America her people and what she stands for dont know about you but ide like my country back

      • We need an amendment to the constitution banning the election of any lawyer, or judge to higher office, including congress, senate and executive. There are plenty of legal eagles in the SCOTUS anyway. (lol, that’s funny)

  13. What about Charlie Rangel, DNY that owes MILLIONS in back taxes, when can the American people expect to see him pay that?? Or Elijah Cummings telling Lois Learner to attack the Tea Party & Conservatives?? Or Lois Learner apologizing for targeting them then take the 5th? Or when was the last time that Harry Reid’s illegal crap been investigated? Or when can we expect Harry Reid to return the $31,000 that he gave to his granddaughter to “make gifts”? There is so much trash coming out of WDC, that we had better start cleaning up the mess & take the trash to the curb for trash removal!

  14. lets face it people the president is a liar, every time he open his mouth another lie is saying, that’s telling me something that is very interesting, his forefather, and his administration never tell the truth, so where does that lead you to it lead you to the Anti Christ, because Satan is the father of all lies

  15. ““Not a smidgen of IRS corruption?” As if he’d recognize it…”

    Keep in mind that Obama comes from the world of Chicago politics.
    That’s where he cut his teeth and learned the ‘game’. In Chicago using
    government agencies to target political enemies isn’t corruption – it’s
    business as usual, normal practice. He comes from the city with the
    longest and darkest history of political corruption in the nation.

  16. If they know what is going on, why are these people still free to continue with
    there actions.
    The duly elected congress needs to get off there butts and start cleaning
    up there own back yard before we the people find a way to do it.
    I worked for the U.S.P.S. 34 years and never got or even expected a bonus,
    These people are making a lot more money then I ever got and I know they
    don’t work near as hard.

  17. “getting bonuses included misusing government credit cards for travel, drug use, violent threats and fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits.”

    This ^^^ is why public sector unions must be abolished. In the private sector these would be firing offenses, in gov’t, it is rewarded.

    Then, on top of all the corruption, they target their opponents, which just happen to be Obama’s targets.

    Nixon was impeached for far less.

  18. “Dissolve the I.R.S. !!…….. This is a direct reason to do away with the I.R.S. and the Federal Reserve. Both of these depts. exist only for the corruption that has plagued Washington D.C. for the last 60 years.
    They should be exstiguished !

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