When they’re not busy as the enforcement arm of the U.S. government, raping the American taxpayers, the IRS brushes up on their team-building skills by doing the Cupid Shuffle line dance and other shenanigans.
I am reminded of a woman in a police brutality video who said, “You can’t call the police on the police.” Likewise, you can’t call the government on the government–and yes I know the IRS is not “officially” the government. Nevertheless, they act on the government’s behalf, thus they are one in the same for the purposes of this discussion. But, I digress. The point here is that you cannot trust government entities and organizations to police themselves.
The IRS’s Cupid Shuffle training video (below) is one of at least three videos that are estimated to have cost $60K to produce. This revelation came amid reports of IRS spending over $49 million on internal meetings.
The Internal Revenue Service is acknowledging that the agency spent tens of millions of dollars in recent years on conferences for thousands of its employees.
Details of the conferences are expected to appear in a report set for release Tuesday by the Treasury Department watchdog that also confirmed allegations that agency officials had improperly targeted certain political groups seeking tax-exempt status.
The forthcoming report focuses especially on an August 2010 conference held in Anaheim, Calif., for roughly 2,600 agency employees in the IRS’s small business and self-employed division, a unit that assists small business owners with tax preparation and is based in Lanham.
During the conference, employees watched two training videos starring division employees that cost at least $60,000 to produce, according to the audit’s estimates.
Source: Washington Post
The following are the IRS’s expensive Gilligan’s Island and Star Trek spoofs:
While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with business team-building exercises, government-funded agencies need to be aware that their spending is not funded by the the sale of goods and services like some of the other corporations you see spending excessive amounts of money on business meetings and training sessions. The money they are tricking off is the hard-earned money of the average American taxpayer, and it ought to be respected as such.
Furthermore, let us not forget that the United States is plagued with budget issues that have impacted much-needed social programs. So, while the IRS is busy wasting money, here’s a list of programs that suffer:
- Section 8 Rental Assistance
- Public Housing
- Emergency Shelter Program
- Emergency (Long-term) Unemployment Compensation
- Meals on Wheels
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Disaster Relief (including Hurricane Sandy Relief)
- Primary and Secondary Education funded through Title 1
- Head Start
- Special Education Programs
- Energy Efficiency Programs
- Refugee Assistance
It is obvious that there is no actual shortage of money. The government has plenty of OUR money. So, the question is whether they will allocate it toward things that will benefit the people, or whether they will continue to waste it while the people suffer. Gone unchecked, it’s obvious what they will do.
So, who do you call since you can’t call the government on the government?
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