Outrageous: Scandalous IRS to Pay Out $70 Million in Bonuses

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 at 6:38 am

This is the stuff revolutions are made of. Despite “painful” Obama sequester cuts and the massive Tea Party targeting scandal, the goons from the IRS are rubbing our noses in it by dishing out $70 million in bonuses this week, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

The Internal Revenue Service is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses despite an Obama administration directive to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts enacted this year, according to a GOP senator.

So Obama will get to have it both ways. He’ll claim he wanted these canceled, but hey, there’s nothing he can do about it. Then he’ll feign outrage and get ready for his $100 million Excellent African Adventure.

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says his office has learned that the IRS is executing an agreement with the employees’ union on Wednesday to pay the bonuses. Grassley says the bonuses should be canceled under an April directive from the White House budget office.

The directive was written by Danny Werfel, a former budget official who has since been appointed acting IRS commissioner.

“The IRS always claims to be short on resources,” Grassley said. “But it appears to have $70 million for union bonuses. And it appears to be making an extra effort to give the bonuses despite opportunities to renegotiate with the union and federal instruction to cease discretionary bonuses during sequestration.”

What Grassley needs to do,  if he cannot prevent this outrage from proceeding, is  demand the list of who’s receiving bonuses and the amounts. We’ll bet you find the name Lois Lerner on there, rewarded for a job well done.

In a letter to Werfel on Tuesday, Grassley said the IRS notified the employee union March 25 that it intended to reclaim about $75 million that had been set aside for discretionary employee bonuses. However, Grassley said, his office has learned that the IRS never followed up on the notice. Instead, Grassley said, the IRS negotiated a new agreement with the bargaining unit to pay about $70 million in employee bonuses.

Why would they follow up? This entire administration ignores the law so this is standard operating procedure. Basically they’re saying fuck you to the American people and laughing all the way to the bank. Meanwhile, Tea Party groups and others are planning a protest in Washington today. You think they’ll have something to talk about?

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7 Responses to “Outrageous: Scandalous IRS to Pay Out $70 Million in Bonuses”

  1. Chris W. on 19/19/13 at 9:10 am

    Obama just heard about this from reading JWF, so give it another couple of days to go through the committee.

  2. it's those darn kids. on 19/19/13 at 1:35 pm

    Remembering when…..”In a brief appearance with advisers at the White House, Obama branded the latest round of bank bonuses as “obscene.””

    In another take…..It isn’t THAT bad. It costs less than his vacay to Africa.

  3. Doc on 20/20/13 at 1:46 pm

    The federal tradition of awarding bonuses to employees who haven’t done anything more than what they got hired to do and subsequently “may” have done is in itself one of the most wasteful and taxpayer robbing theft schemes pulled off in the name of salary…should be outlawed and the unions told to go to hell.