Did you know the IRS employees are unionized?

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Did you know the IRS employees are unionized?

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,

faustaBut the bot­tom line is, the U.S. Inter­nal Rev­enue Service’s scrutiny of Tea Party groups, that is, the polit­i­cal weaponiz­ing of the most pow­er­ful gov­ern­ment bureau­cracy, that, is the real scandal.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin Amer­ica pol­i­tics and cul­ture at Fausta’s Blog.

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,

faustaBut the bottom line is, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of Tea Party groups, that is, the political weaponizing of the most powerful government bureaucracy, that, is the real scandal.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin America politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.