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Democrats Protect Taxpayer-Paid Tax Cheating Federal Employees

March 8, 2010

Does it bother you that Obama’s Secretary of the Treasury is a documented tax cheat?  Does it bother you that Charles Rangel, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee who wrote our nation’s tax laws, is a big time documented tax cheat?

If you answered “no,” you are a Democrat.  And a hypocrite.

It is amazing how many wealthy Democrats there are – both in elected or political office and in the private sector – who think high taxes are great, and then do everything they can to avoid the very high taxes they want everyone else to pay.

What follows is a demonstration of the fact that Democrats want to shelter government employees – who are paid with YOUR money – from being responsible for the legitimate consequences which should follow from working for the very government you are screwing.

Why would the Democrats take such a repugnant stand?  Two reasons: 1) Most government employees are unionized; 2) these unions support and work for Democrats.

Provision to fire tax-delinquent federal employees pulled
By Robert Brodsky  rbrodsky@govexec.com  March 4, 2010

A legislative compromise that would have allowed agencies to fire tax-delinquent federal employees fell apart on Thursday.

The compromise softened an amendment to the 2009 Contracting and Tax Accountability Act that Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced earlier this week. The act already would prohibit companies that don’t pay their taxes from winning federal contracts; Chaffetz’s amendment extended that principle to “seriously delinquent” federal employees and congressional staffers.

Modified language that would have provided federal employees with due process protection and a hardship exemption won support from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. But, Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on the federal workforce, and other Democrats, said the compromise amendment still was unduly harsh because it defined delinquency as the issuance of a lien by the Internal Revenue Service, which could be an early stage in resolving a tax dispute.

Chaffetz, however, argued that the amendment offered protection to employees who were working to settle the tax disputes.

Democrats also raised concerns about whether the amendment would overburden the Office of Personnel Management, which would be responsible for administering the provision.

As debate over the provision disintegrated and Democrats called for an opportunity to hold a hearing, Towns pulled both the amendment and the bill from the floor and postponed a vote.

A committee source said there was too much “confusion” with the amendment and lingering issues needed to be resolved.

“We wanted to take a break to make sure there were no unintended consequences with the bill,” the source said.

But, Republicans accused the Democrats of protecting federal employees.

“I am thoroughly disappointed that Democrats rejected the chairman’s compromise and stubbornly refused to work with him on an effort to hold federal employees to the same standard as the private sector,” said Rep Darrell Issa, R-Calif., ranking member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “There needs to be consequences for both contractors and federal employees who fail to pay their taxes.”

“Chairman Towns’ compromise proposal on my amendment was a sensible approach, and it’s puzzling that members on the other side didn’t agree,” Chaffetz said. “The IRS already has a similar policy in place and they have demonstrated that it works.”

Chaffetz said the tax delinquency rate for the Treasury Department — which includes the IRS – -is less than 1 percent, compared to 3.4 percent for the rest of the federal government. He said the government fails to collect roughly $1 billion in taxes annually from about 100,000 federal employees.

The committee source said it was not clear if the issues with the amendment would require a hearing or if they could be worked out in a private meeting with the IRS.

Imagine that: the very same Democrats who rushed the stimulus through so quickly that not one single elected member of Congress had a chance to read the damn bills, and the very same Democrats who have repeatedly tried to rush ObamaCare through, suddenly have found legislation that requires “taking a break” and “making sure there are no unintended consequences.”  An $862 billion stimulus package didn’t require that kind of consideration; a complete takeover of our health care system doesn’t require that kind of consideration; but firing tax cheating government employees is something that must be studied to the nth degree.

A 2,700-page Senate health care bill monstrosity can be rushed through by any means possible; but please, oh please let us not rush into getting rid of taxpayer-paid tax cheats.

The explanation that Democrats care about all the various nuances of rights that government workers who haven’t bothered to pay their taxes supposedly have is a joke: if they wanted to do anything about these taxpayer-paid tax cheats, they would have wheeled and dealed to get a bill.  The simple fact of the matter is that they didn’t WANT a bill.

Taxpayer-paid unionized government employees who cheat on their taxes have more money to fork over to Democrats.  And the Democrats who would never even consider tort reform because their lawsuit-happy lawyers wouldn’t like it are the very same Democrats who won’t step on their union supporters’ toes.  Over anything.

That’s the bottom line.

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