by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz
Imagine my surprise when I opened my email this morning and found a link to Roger Kimball’s post, Deunionize the IRS.
Say what? Deunionize? As Roger asks, “The government’s tax collecting agency is unionized?” What union?
The union in question is The National Treasury Employees Union. According to the web site of the NTEU, the mission of the union is “To organize federal employees to work together to ensure that every federal employee is treated with dignity and respect.” That’s a tall order, in part because there are so very many federal employees. The NTEU’s web site includes a nifty interactive graphic that shows you just how many there are in each state: 279,622 in Texas, for example, 350,544 in California, 165,943 in New York, etc., etc. There are, in short, millions of them.
What followed was not a surprise, since, of course, the NTEU donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to political candidates who of course are Democrats, and of course, “The agency’s employees are heavily engaged in politics and lean considerably to the left.”
Just the kind of news one doesn’t like to hear first thing in the morning.
While most of us Da Tech readers know that public-sector unions are a prescription for political corruption, the politicians-the-unions-help-elect-who-in-turn-help-the-unions consider that a feature, not a bug, which only adds to our outrage.
The latest new word I learned is “spoliation of evidence“,
Spoliation “is the destruction or the significant and meaningful alteration of evidence.”
The IRS version of spoliation comes in the form of destroyed hard drives and cancelled e-mail backups for two years’ worth of records.
Allow me to remind you that the IRS insists you keep your records for seven years. It can seize your assets, garnish your wages, and throw you in jail if you don’t.
The IRS and its officials are intent on dragging on the hearings long enough, to use Roger’s words, the outrage will falter and the disgust will die down.
It is, then with great pleasure that one gets to watch Trey Gowdy explain to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, in March,
And in June,
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin America politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.