Friday, September 10, 2010

On the subject of taxes, any Rep or Senator or Cabinet member

who's part of this group should be fired. Any member of their staff, the same(I will make exception for someone who's in argument with the IRS on the matter; but if they're just not paying, they're out).
Privacy laws prevent release of individual tax delinquent's names. But we do know that as of the end of 2009, 41 people inside Obama's very own White House owe the government they're allegedly running a total of $831,055 in back taxes. That would cover a lot of special chocolate desserts in the White House Mess.

In the House of Representatives, 421 people owe a total $6,524,892. In the Senate, 217 owe $2,774,836. In the IRS's parent department, Treasury, 1,204 owe $7,670,814. At the Labor Dept., where Secy. Hilda Solis' husband had some backtax problems before her confirmation, 463 owe $7,481,463. Eighty-one workers for the Federal Reserve System's board of governors owe $1,076,733.

Over at the Justice Department, which is so busy enforcing other laws and suing Arizona, 1,971 employees still owe $14,350,152 in overdue taxes.

Then, we come to the Department of Homeland Security, which is run by Janet Napolitano, the former governor of Arizona who preferred to call terrorist acts "man-caused disasters." ...Within that department, there reside 4,856 people who owe the tax agency a whopping total of $37,012,174
And let us never forget
And then we learned this guy Tim Geithner owed something like $42,000 in back taxes and penalties to the IRS, which is one of the agencies that he'd be in charge of as secretary of the United States Treasury. The fine fellow who's supposed to know about handling everyone else's money. In the end this was excused by Washington's bipartisan CYA culture as one of those inadvertent accidental oversights that somehow never seem to happen on the side of paying too much taxes.
I mentioned once before that second ex worked for a large US Government agency; she told me one day that they were posting notices around the offices that basically said "People, just because you work for the government doesn't mean you don't have to file your taxes!". It was enough of a problem with enough people that they were putting up notices about it, in that and other agencies; she personally knew two people who weren't just 'iffy' on the matter, one hadn't filed a return in several years as I recall and didn't plan to start.

The IRS better remember what's been said before: the reason our tax system works is people generally see it as impartial and fair; crap like this makes people see it as partial and UNfair, and that increases the number of people playing games and cheating. For that matter it means lots of people saying flat-out "You want to screw with me? After them, you bastards(remember all the people after Geithner's mess came out demanding the same level of 'No Big Deal' he got?)"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Think about the possibilities here.
What would happen if say just 10-20% of the tax-paying public did the same thing.
Forget to declare income, deduct non-existant expences, just plain lie as to actual income for the year.

And then when called on it when you get to the judge have your lawyer point this out as a violation of your rights under the old equal protection thing, heh, heh, heh.