The Obama administration, which is otherwise opposed to the idea of capitalism, has gone all Gordon Gekko when it comes to the Internal Revenue Service.
That’s the same IRS that has unabashedly announced – once trapped by the facts – that it targeted conservative non-profit groups for extra harassment during the 2012 campaign season.
It’s the same IRS whose head visited the White House more than 100 times and then explained his constant presence there as attending the Easter egg roll.
It’s the same IRS that has blamed its blatantly political activity as the work of a few “rogue agents” in Cincinnati.
And what will IRS agents get for all that partisan labor?
Why $70 million in what are termed “bonuses,” just as Gekko might put it.
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican, wrote to the acting IRS commissioner saying that the bonus program violates a White House order to agencies to halt all bonuses because of budget constraints.
Interestingly, Daniel Werfel previously worked at the Office of Management and Budget and is the guy who wrote the sequester guidelines.
“The IRS always claims to be short on resources,” Grassley said in a statement on Wednesday. “But it appears to have $70 million for union bonuses.”
There’s that Gordon Gekko word again, “bonuses.”
Up here in the Cheap Seats, these kinds of payments aren’t called “bonuses.”
We call them bounties, and we’re pretty sure that even Gordon Gekko would be appalled by $70 million worth of them.