Skip to comments.Obama High-Fives IRS with $92 Million in Bonuses
Posted on 05/20/2013 7:06:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The IRS scandal is becoming more insane by the minute. After the testimony on Friday from the Inspector General and the now “retiring” acting IRS Commissioner, Steven Miller, things couldn’t be more convoluted. First of all, Obama came out and said that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had “demanded the resignation” of Miller, when in fact, Miller was due to leave his post by June of this year. So there was no “resigning” going on, and he will leave with all of his benefits intact. Wow! No accountability, no answers, no penalties.
Next we find out that during the four year period between 2009 and 2012 more than $92 million in bonuseswere handed out by IRS executives to thousands of tax agency employees. These bonuses were mostly given out to managers and executives for “performance based incentives”.
So let me get this straight. These people were paid a salary by the taxpayers, and then given a bonus by the taxpayers to reward them for harassing and intimidating the taxpayers. Ok, got it. There are over 97,000 employees of the IRS, 16,910 of them got some sort of bonus for “a job well done”. The largest bonus went to former IRS Commissioner Richard E. Byrd who received $60,270.
Digging a little deeper we find out that Lois Lerner, the woman who told us publicly that her agency was improperly singling out conservative and other groups including religious organizations, received more than $42,000 in bonuses over that four year period. She ADMITTED wrongdoing and yet was rewarded once again with OUR money!
But the best is yet to come. Sarah Hall Ingram who was in charge of tax-exempt organizations while the Tea Party and conservative groups were being targeted has conveniently been relocated within the IRS and now is in charge of the IRS office responsible for overseeing Obamacare. Promoted for a job well done! Joseph Grant, the executive who seems to be the one taking the fall for Ingram during that time is now resigning his post. He took over for Ingram when she was promoted. During the years 2010-2012 he received three bonuses totaling $83,950 in addition to his salary of $177,000. Job well done Joe!
During the years that Ingram was overseeing the tax-exempt division she received bonuses totaling $103,390 in addition to her salary which was raised from $172,500 to $177,000 during that time. In 2009 she received $7,000 in bonus money: (I guess she was just having her people gather names.) In 2010 it ramped up to $34,440. (Must be when the IRS agents started harassing their targets.) She took home an extra $35,400 in 2011, (delay, delay, and delay those applications for conservative groups.) 0 conservative groups with Tea Party or 9/12 in their name were approvedfor tax-exempt status in 2011 therefore, she receives a huge bonus. Then in 2012 she received a $26,550 bonus. She probably got less that year because the Tea Party groups had been stopped and the election was in November. The damage had been done and she reaped the rewards.
Mission accomplished. The IRS succeeded in shutting down the opposition and they were all high-fived and handsomely rewarded.
When this all unravels, and it will, hopefully; will we ever be able to trust any part of government at all? Right now we can’t trust the Executive branch; they lie to us and seem more inept than a third world country. We can’t trust the State Department; they are equally inept, except at cover-ups. Homeland Security can’t protect us from terrorists on our own soil, yet they stock up on guns, ammo and tanks for unknown reasons. The Treasury Department manipulates the economic figures to fit their agenda and destroy our economy. Spying on American citizens and the press has been uncovered, and the Military is left hanging out to dry and can no longer trust anyone to watch their backs.
When will this madness end? This is not America; at least not the one I know. This is like some unbelievable Hollywood film that you watch but know could never happen, except it IS happening. Scandal after scandal is crippling our nation and unfortunately we have to deal with them. The Democrats want to “move on”, but we can’t move on until we cure the cancer that has infected this administration.
Will it ultimately lead to the top? Only time will tell. One thing is for sure; someone knows the answers to all of this and they can’t keep pleading ignorance forever.
Protest Obamas IRS at your local IRS Office or Post Office at Noon, May 21.
Gadsden Flags are optional.
Details on Michelle Malkins blog.
This is why we hate them......
Sequester cuts mean NO bonus. When I worked at an office with bonus payments, if the company was not “profitable” that quarter (or half) we saw NO checks.
Enough of sticking it to the taxpayers to keep the Rats on the plantation.
RE: Sequester cuts mean NO bonus
Uncle Sam: TRUE FOR THEE BUT NOT FOR ME.
Why the blazes should any federal employee be given bonuses? I worked for various government agencies for 20 years and never go so much as a bonus cup of coffee. Congress should immediately act to prohibit the paying of bonuses to any federal employee.
There should be NO bonus for ANY government job. You go there, you do your work (maybe) and you get a check. A “bonus” is a sharing of profits for a job well done. No profits, no bonus.
Wow I didn’t know Morgan Brittney was a conservative. I always thought she was more beautiful than Morgan Fairchilds.
No one and I mean NO ONE in the federal government should receive a bonus!!!
Government bow wows produce nothing.
Where does the bonus come from ?
WTF? Why are government employees getting bonuses? Because they stole more money from the citizen than last year? Un-freakin-real.
This creep is committing high crimes and misdemeanors in plain view of everyone and almost nobody even seems to care.
Well look at Congress, insider trading was actually LEGAL for them until a couple years ago. Talk about stealing from the people. That just blew my mind when I heard that especially since I lost a ton of money on stocks about 7 years ago. Look at Al Gore, worth $300 million now even though he’s been unemployed for the past 12 years and never held a job that’s paid more than $200k a year before taxes. It’s incredible what our public SERVANTS get away with yet people just keep voting these pieces of pig vomit into office. It’s all about education, the word is just not getting out there and I directly blame the media. They are absolute scum of the earth.
There should be no bonuses at all in government employment - local, state and federal.
Especially in the federal government as we see it become a spectacular failure in almost every respect year after year.
When they are not awarding each other bonuses and taxpayer paid vacations, they spend their tiime lecturing us about their “sacrifice” in performing public service.
Colleen Kelly was happy in 2009 to be with Obummer and Biden in the White house....
“Welcome back to the White House,” Vice President Biden told a group of labor leaders who gathered in the East Room on Friday. They were there to meet with President Obama and Biden and to witness the signing of executive orders affecting federal contractors and the announcement of the formation of the Task Force on Middle Class Working Families.
After the meeting, the group moved to the Blue Room, where the boss-in-chief spoke with each union boss individually. That kind of thing simply did not happen under President George W. Bush.
“Never” is the way Colleen M. Kelley, 10-year president of the National Treasury Employees Union, put it. “I never, ever was invited to meet with the president, and I never did in eight years.”
“It’s a pretty heady time for federal workers,” he said. “It’s certainly a coming out of the wilderness.”
Yes you can bet they had lots of frequent meetings to discuss how to target their list of Anti-Obama groups and individuals.
I hope they can get the records of the Union and hang this bunch of thugs.
Congress did enact a law in 2012 making insider trading illegal for themselves but here is the latest news:
Repeal of insider trading ban frees top officials to line their pockets again
April 24, 2013
"Congress passed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act in 2012 in response to the public outcry over members' self-serving insider trading scandal last year. As with most laws, what is a crime for citizens was not illegal or unethical for members of Congress and their staffs. The STOCK Act addressed this loophole by requiring lawmakers and government officials to post their financial transactions online.
It was a fleeting moment of transparency and accountability. Like a cowardly thief in the night, members of Congress quietly colluded to repeal the reporting requirements of the STOCK Act this year by unanimous consent: The shameful ordeal took all of 10 seconds in the Senate and 14 seconds in the House.