The outrageous abuses of power by Obama’s weaponized IRS have now been written into law. That means it is no longer wrong for the agency to target groups suspected of conservative outlooks according to the principle, “The Power to Tax Is the Power to Destroy.” Obama himself proclaims that there is “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS, despite the arrogant IRS bureaurat Lois Lerner recently pleading the Fifth, and despite the ongoing federal criminal investigation. The government has not yet gone broke, even though the national debt currently tops $17.3 trillion and continues to skyrocket. Therefore, now is a great time to give IRS agents bonuses:
Citing the need to boost employee morale, the Internal Revenue Service’s new commissioner said Monday that he will pay out millions of dollars in bonuses to agency employees, reversing a decision his predecessor made to save money amid the sequester budget cuts and other belt-tightening last year.
The agency remains under fire for targeting tea party groups, but Commissioner John Koskinen said the bonuses are needed to retain and attract good employees in a time of cutbacks.
Otherwise IRS bureaucrats might be tempted to seek employment at half the pay in the private sector. The labor participation rate is the lowest it has been in a generation because thanks to Obamonomics, there are few jobs left in the private sector, but you can never be too careful.
As if to be sure taxpayers realize they are being poked in the eye, Koskinen proclaimed,
“The performance award payouts are in recognition of that great work done in very trying circumstances. I firmly believe that this investment in our employees will directly benefit taxpayers and the tax system.”
That is, it benefits the taxpayer to have to pay bonuses to those who oppress and loot them. Why not? Hope & Change means nothing is too outrageous to be stated with a straight face.
Agency officials said they will pay $43.4 million to employees represented by labor unions and $19.1 million to other employees, for a total of $62.5 million in bonuses for 2013.
But at least that is lower than the $89.1 million paid out in bonuses last year.
Get to work, taxpayers! The money has to come from somewhere.
On a tip from True Blue. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.