Top Democrat Shows Outrage Over IRS Wasteful Spending

Posted: Jun 06, 2013 1:35 PM
Top Democrat Shows Outrage Over IRS Wasteful Spending
During a House Oversight Committee hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill, Democrat and Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, came dangerously close to sounding like a small government conservative during a rant against IRS wasteful spending. The IRS spent $50 million on conferences between 2010 and 2012 and used $50,000 in taxpayer money to produce two videos. One video shows IRS employees acting as Star Trek characters and the other shows IRS employees doing the cupid shuffle. Both videos were shown at a 2010 $4.1 million conference held in Aneheim, California.

“But guess what?” Cummings asked IRS official Faris Fink, who was responsible for spending $50,000 on parody videos for a 2010 conference. “The money that was spent on that–That’s my money! That’s the lady who got the early bus this morning. That’s her money. The one who makes $35,000, her. The gentleman up the street from my who makes 45, hauling trash. That’s their money! So, it was wasted.”

In government, taxpayer money is wasted every day and yet when it gets pointed out, the argument is made that the $50,000 or $4 million is only a drop in the bucket when it comes to our fiscal problems, but that's the point. Government agencies and bureaucrats endlessly spending hard earned money and saying "it doesn't matter," should no longer be acceptable. The government is solely funded by the work of people in the private sector. The government is funded by the people who get on the early bus, the people who work extra hours, the people who create jobs at a small business and the people who have been standing up to the government and saying, "stop." As Cummings pointed out, most people don't make $50,000 per year and it is offensive that the very agency collecting the taxes of the working class are willing to frivolously spend $50,000 on a pair of embarrassing videos.