When individuals are faced with budget cuts, they cut back on unnecessary spending. The IRS, on the other hand, doesn’t seem follow that logic. The AP is reporting that the IRS will be paying out $70 million in union bonuses.
How about, you know, a little something for the effort?The IRS might be getting five unpaid work days due to furloughs from the sequester, but don’t worry. Their hard work of unfairly targeting non-profits concerned about government spending and collecting a projected record-high of $2.7 trillion in tax revenue won’t go unrewarded. The Associated Press reports today the IRS is poised to award its employees $70 million in bonuses. So despite all the budget cuts, they’ve got $70 million in bonuses going for them, which is nice.
A few months ago, the administration insisted there was “no smart way” to avoid the sequester. Soon after, the White House cancelled tours indefinitely, blaming their “staffing reductions” on the spending cuts. However, The Washington Post recently discovered documents detailing the administration’s plans to go on a safari with a counterassault team during their upcoming trip to Africa.
Lenwood Brooks, policy director of Public Notice, joins KRMS Morning Magazine to give an update on the sequester and all the recent scandals that have come out of Washington.
President Obama announced yesterday that he wants all Americans to feel the pain of the sequester by vowing to veto all 2014 spending bills unless Congress turns it off. Despite billions in waste, the White House has made no effort to replace the sequester with smarter spending cuts, insisting there is “no smart way” to cut $85 billion.
Months after dire warnings from the White House, the sequester spending cuts have been left in place, and the world is still turning. But some things never change: The federal government is still growing, taking in record revenue and still wasting billions of it on duplication and inefficiency. And instead of rooting out the waste, Washington seems intent on maintaining the status quo by making cuts as visible as possible.
Gretchen Hamel, executive director of Public Notice, joins The Willis Report with Geri Willis on Fox Business Network to discuss how furloughed federal workers will still be able to file for unemployment benefits.
It seems President Obama has finally accepted the fact that the 3 percent cut in federal spending (that’s what the sequester amounts to, in case you forgot) is here to stay.
With the IRS admitting to inappropriately targeting conservative groups – beginning back in 2011 – it’s worth taking another look at how the culture in Washington has been driven by politics even before this latest scandal.
Yesterday, the Defense Department announced it would have to furlough over 600,000 workers come July, claiming it “has no choice” because of the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester. Yet, other agencies have been able to find ways to make the required spending cuts without furloughing any employees.