Most of the talk shows newscasts have been harping on this story which is just so obvious, but I don’t think they are getting the point of the story. The Washington Post headline “IRS gave bonuses to employees who owed back taxes.” This came from a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. 1,100 employees of the IRS who failed to pay their taxes received discretionary awards for job performance of more than $1 million in cash bonuses and more than 10,000 hours of extra paid vacation. Five of those employees received performance awards after they were disciplined for intentionally underreporting their tax liabilities for multiple years -paying taxes late and underreporting income. The usual punch line from others in the media is that at the IRS doing this is not a violation of the laws of the IRS, or their regulations. Breaking the federal law that they were hired to enforce isn’t considered relevant when awarding performance-based bonuses. In fact the union has now spoken up that represents most of these employees has said that to not award these bonuses would have been a violation of the contract.
Do you understand what the actual punch line is here? All of that was reported in the Obama media, all of that is a cover for what’s actually going on. These are awards to the IRS with the signal that you keep being the Democratic Party’s enforcement arm and you will keep being paid a lot of money no matter what you do. That’s what this is all about. That’s the point that is missed by almost everybody. Coming within weeks of Lois Learner’s successful Fifth Amendment dodge, and Congress doing nothing about it. The administration stonewalling and doing nothing about it, no call for special prosecutor, nothing. No consequences at all. Obama is rewarding the people of the IRS for becoming the political enforcement arms f the Democratic Party and nobody’s doing a thing about it. That’s what that story is really about.