IRS Can’t Tell Us How Much of Our Money They Wasted Because They Didn’t Keep Records

Increasingly, I find myself saying “You can’t make this stuff up.”

On yesterday’s edition of The Teri O’Brien Show, we heard the audio of a report in which an illegal alien, who has been on welfare for 20 years, wanted to make sure other law breakers knew that they could also take advantage of the generosity of U.S. taxpayers. Remind me again, Sen. Rubio, about how the people you want to legalize won’t be eligible for any federal benefits. PULEEZE!

Right at the end of the show, we also told you about this breaking news ; that is, the release of the partial transcripts from interviews with IRS employees from the Cincinnati office that tie this scandal back to Washington. From The Daily Caller:

In interviews with House Oversight Committee investigators, Cincinnati IRS employees said that they believed that targeting of conservative groups came from Washington, not from a couple of “rogue agents. “

Sunday the House Oversight Committee released partial transcripts of Oversight Committee investigators’ interviews with unnamed Cincinnati IRS employees, which contradicts the line coming from the White House.

“It’s impossible,” an IRS employee responded to an investigator’s question about the allegations that the targeting of conservative groups was due to “two ‘rogue agents.” “As an agent we are controlled by many, many people. We have to submit many, many reports. So the chance of two agents being rogue and doing things like that could never happen.”

This week there will be three hearings. Today new acting Commissioner Danny Werfel will testify before a House Appropriations Subcommittee, and on Tuesday, the House Ways and Means committee will hear from victims of IRS targeting. That should be interesting.

Then, there’s the revelations about the ridiculous, wasteful spending of our money on lavish conferences and “team building” videos. At the time they were scheming to use the power of the federal government against Obama administration political enemies, they were partying like it was 1999. From the WaPo:

The Internal Revenue Service spent an estimated $49 million on at least 220 conferences for employees over a three-year span beginning in fiscal 2010, according to a forthcoming report that will prompt fresh scrutiny of the already embattled agency.

Can you say “Hot Tub Jeff?”

The report is reminiscent of findings released last year after a similar investigation into lavish spending on conferences hosted by the General Services Administration, revelations that prompted other inspectors general to launch probes as the Obama administration ordered government-wide cutbacks in such meetings.

In its report, the Treasury’s inspector general provides detailed estimates on hundreds of IRS conferences, but investigators couldn’t independently verify the total costs because the agency failed to keep records of all expenses, according to the aides. (emphasis mine)

Wait–say what? The IRS didn’t keep records so they can’t tell us the total amount of our money they wasted? How well would that work for one of us if we were audited?

If there is a better textbook example of the danger of a bloated, out of control federal bureaucracy with its boot on our necks, applying one set of rules to us, and one to themselves, I’d like to see it.

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