Thursday, May 15, 2014

The $1,200 IRS Chair

Of interest this morning was a note about a mere $44.4 million that was spent by the IRS in FY 2010 for various new furniture (chairs, showcases, partitions and shelving, and wood furniture. About 3,777 contracts with some of the comfortable chairs costing $1,200 each. BTW the total price for new office furniture, repainting, and remodeling by the IRS since 2010 (4 years) is $96.5 million (more than the IRS spent in the 8 years of the G.W. Bush administration). Oh yes, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew just told Congress that it needs an additional $1.2 billion this year. In his words: “The IRS continues its commitment to carrying out its responsibilities, providing quality service to taxpayers and preserving the public’s faith in our tax system, but the lack of sufficient funding in recent years has made it difficult to provide the kind of services American taxpayers deserve.”

Just like H.L. Mencken said: "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."


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