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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
IRS training costs are a relative pittance
Do the math — please.
The Internal Revenue Service spent $49 million in three years for employee conferences. That’s incredible. At least most business people would think so.
Do the math: $49 million divided by three years is $16.33 million a year. That works out to $154 for each of the IRS’s 106,000 (as of 2010) employees. Private business owners (not to mention the public, the media and the Republicans) are asking, how could they?
How could they be so cheap, is what you should be asking.
In 2010, according to the American Society for Training and Development, corporate America spent an average of $1,228 per employee annually for training — almost eight times what the IRS is being “accused” of doing.
Yes, $49 million is a lot of money, especially taken out of context.
Perhaps we should worry less about how poor our youth are doing in math compared to the rest of the world, when it appears grown-ups aren’t doing it at all.
DOLORIS E. VEST
Maybe the tea party put itself in hot water
According to a report on NPR, the reason the Internal Revenue Service flagged tea party foundations applying for tax-exempt status was because they applied under a section that specifies public service without involvement in politics.
Tea party members can define public service any way they want to, but who seriously believes that their foundations won’t be engaged in political activities? And would anyone object if Democratic entities tried the same thing?
IRS scandal is not overblown
In his commentary “The real IRS scandal” that appeared in this newspaper on May 30, Ricky Duncan professes to know all about the machinations of the Republicans. The present corruption scandal is called fake because of the ruling by the Supreme Court in the Citizens United case that was decided on Jan. 21, 2010.
That ruling affected both Democrats and Republicans to exactly the same degree. Apparently it is appropriate to condemn Sheldon Adelson for contributing millions to Republican policies while it must be fine for George Soros, the labor unions and others to spend their millions on liberal causes.
The genuine scandal is the corruption of the Internal Revenue Service spending an average of 574 days considering conservative 501(c)(4) applications and just 238 days to approve other applications, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Coincidence? If so, why was it started in February 2010 and continued through the 2012 election, suppressing the Republican vote? Another quirk of fate?
Policies come down from the top and are implemented, not just by rogue employees in Cincinnati, but also by government agencies that play follow the leader.
Disingenuous words by leaders cannot justify actions of subterfuge by subordinates.
Cuccinelli shows his compassion
I want to thank Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for working to streamline the restoration of rights process.
The restoration of civil rights is an important step in the rehabilitation process for former criminals looking to rejoin society and start a new (law-abiding) life.
While other politicians have strayed away from this issue, Cuccinelli has risen above the partisan divide and confronted it head-on.
Cuccinelli clearly understands the importance of allowing former nonviolent criminals who have served their debt to society to seek the restoration of their voting rights.
Cuccinelli is a compassionate leader who puts principle and common-sense solutions above party politics.
I thank him for caring about the people of Virginia.
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