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There goes more taxpayer money
March 7, 2008 - Steve Murch
Nobody ever accused the federal government of always making sound fiscal decisions. Heck, there are those who would say it never makes sound fiscal decisions.
Well man the torpedoes and full speed ahead. The IRS is doing it again — leading the charge for stupid fiscal judgement.
By now, every knows President Bush and Congress have a “stimulus” package that will give rebates to America households. And there has been enough coverage of it that everyone should know you have to file your income tax first.
However, the IRS is spending nearly $42 million to let you know the checks are coming. That’s right, it’s spending $42M just to inform you of something you already know.
According to the Associated Pres, the Dems are accusing the Bush administration of using the money to grandstand.
‘‘There are countless better uses for $42 million than a self-congratulatory mailer that gives the president a pat on the back for an idea that wasn’t even his,’’ Sen. Charles Schumer said Friday, arguing the IRS could more effectively spend the money to catch tax cheats.
While Schumer is right about better ways to spend the money, doesn’t he open up a Pandora’s box when it comes to government spending. Someone somewhere is probably looking into all the pork Dems have added through the years. Which in turn could lead to the Dems taking aim at the GOP. It never ends.
It also should be pointed out that Congress approved the package as well, so those members could crow a little too. The excess spending IRS is just sending out the news — at the taxpayers expense.
So I guess it could be said that an additional $42 million is being added to the $168 billion package.
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