As always when funds dry up and the purse strings cinch up a little tighter, more waste and abuse comes to the fore. According to the Daily Caller, Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah (GOP House) has once again tackled the issue with a bill that would terminate the employment of federal employees and prohibit the hiring of future federal employees who have a seriously delinquent tax debt.
It is amazing how many wealthy Democrats in government and the private sector who think high taxes are great, but do everything they can to avoid taxes they want everyone else to pay (I recall Bill Gates pushing income taxes for the wealthy in Wash-after he’s made his pile, and Senator John Kerry, who has repeatedly voted for tax increase, buying a $7M yacht and docking it out of state to avoid taxes owed in his state).
But to be fair federal tax cheats have been similarly widespread in the Bush Administration and Congress also employs tax cheats. But not holding federal employees accountable for taxes owed is another case of wanting to shelter federal employees –paid by YOU, from being responsible about paying their taxes. It’s just more of the ‘Do as I say’ hypocrisy we’re all sick of.
An IRS study at the end of 2009 tabulated a staggering $3.3 billion in delinquency owed by federal employees.
Who owed the most? The US Postal Service owed the most money, but 11% of the employees of the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission owed back taxes. It’s seems rampant and a case of encouraging bad behavior by ignoring it.
Obama himself tackled the issue in 2007 in a bill he introduced as a Senator, but now days he rather talk about offshore tax cheats, taxing the wealthy while overlooking the multitudes in his own ranks who got away with cheating (Senator Tom Daschle; Treasury Sectry. Geithner; Charlie Rangle-who writes tax code!; past Health and Human Service chief, Kathleen Sebelius; US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk to name a few).
I don’t know, it looks like low hanging fruit to me. Let’s go after a few more billion of that huge deficit by having federal employees pay their taxes.