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Friday
May172013

Persecution aside, IRS’ Ingram a poster child for federal government dysfunction

Screen Snip: Internal Revenue Service/U.S. GovernmentPresident Barack Obama’s point person in overseeing the mammoth ObamaCare bill—at least from the tax aspects—is front and center right now, and she has a checkered past.  Sarah Hall Ingram was in charge of the division that gave conservative tax-exempt wannabes such a hard time.

Ingram got more than $100,000 in taxpayer funded bonuses between 2009-2012. The left of center Washington Post (via The Washington Examiner) said the bureaucrat also got a $47,900 bonus during the administration of President George W. Bush (2004).

Ingram is a poster child for the need for reform of the federal government at all levels. This latest scandal isn’t just about IRS.

We taxpayers are being forced to fund employees who are, if you put it dramatically as the left is wont to do, cutting our throats.

Just imagine decisions Ingram could make on health taxes, considering her apparent disdain for anyone who disagrees with big government spending and taxation.

The US Report has written about the ridiculous perks and salaries many in the federal government receive in an attempt to draw attention to the need for reform:

Recruitment bonuses, which can run up to 25 percent of a worker’s salary (unless special approval for more is given). [2010]

─Unknown costs for generous pensions and other benefits that continue past retirement. The taxpayer is on the hook for these costs. [2010]

─Federal employees who choose not to comply with tax law. As Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) noted, the yearly amount owed by delinquent federal employees increased, from $599.8 million to a whopping $1.034 billion, from 2004 to 2010. [2013]

Obama has increased the number of federal employees. Disregard all those cute little graphics the left loves to sail around the blogosphere. It’s all in how you parse the numbers.

Democrats will continue to grow federal workers because that voting bloc skews Dem. Obama has certainly grown the federal workforce:

The number of federal employees has risen under President Obama. There were 2,790,000 federal workers in January 2009 when the president took office, and now there are 2,804,000 workers. The fact is that there is no month during President Obama’s term when the federal workforce was smaller than it was in the first month of Mr. Obama’s presidency. The president took over in January 2009. Every month after January 2009 has seen more federal workers than were employed in January 2009. [American Enterprise Institute]

Bear in mind Obama hasn’t gotten around to fully implementing his health tax bill, so there will be thousands (and thousands) more federales by the time that mission is completely launched.

As the number of federal workers increases, personal rights decrease, just as they did when Ingram and her fellow bureaucrats were depriving conservative groups of their civil rights. The only remedy is to cut by attrition and gradual across the board reductions in personnel funding regardless of who is sitting in the White House.

(Analysis by Kay B. Day/May 17, 2013)

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