Government workers not paying their “fair share” – $3.5B

The White House’s holier than thou continuous rant about everyone paying their “fair share” has no fewer than 40 aides to President Obama, who still owe the federal government a combined $333,485 in back taxes in 2011.


We know these numbers because the IRS is required by law to disclose how many federal employees, by department (and including retirees), are behind in their taxes. This year, some 312,000 of Uncle Sam’s own employees owe the IRS a whopping $3.52 billion.

Sure, federal employees may have a lower delinquency rate than the American public at large. Then again, most Americans aren’t paid with the dollars that other Americans are forking over to Washington.

For all its sermons on fairness, this administration has never seemed too bothered when its own people somehow forget to send the IRS the check they owe. Obama has even appointed them to his cabinet.


Tim Geithner became treasury secretary despite failing to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. Ron Kirk’s unpaid taxes didn’t stand in the way of his becoming US trade representative. Tom Daschle, Obama’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, was another delinquent – though his nomination did go down.

IRS data shows that three percent of Senate staffers and 4% of House staffers owe $10.6M in unpaid taxes in 2010.


Among large executive branch agencies, the Department of Housing and Urban Development had the highest percentage of delinquent workers at 4.4 percent. The Treasury Department, which includes the IRS, had the lowest, at 1.1 percent.

Employees of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System even had a 5.6 percent delinquency rate.

Why didn’t Fed Chairman Bernanke simply print more money for the delinquents to use to pay their taxes – after his past QE series of printing and buying U.S. securities, the money is worth less than it was before and wouldn’t cost the taxpayers as much?

The House passed a bill last year that would require the government to fire federal workers who are “seriously delinquent” in paying their taxes. The bill, sponsored by Representative John Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, passed 263-114, and didn’t advance in the Senate.

Obama and Harry Reid didn’t even allow the bill to come to the Senate floor for a vote – what hypocrites.



  1. OMG the crime of the century but we’ll let the billionaires, banks, and corporations get away with trillions not even counting their offshore accounts.

  2. Do as I say, not as I do…the Obama trademark. $4M vacation to golf in Hawaii or Florida has nothing to do with getting your hours cut. Nor does giving $250M to Egypt last month.

  3. Poor Ted is reaching. They have a lower delinquency rate then the public. Maybe Obama isn’t so bad if this is the stuff you are crying about.

    “The House passed a bill last year that would require the government to fire federal workers who are “seriously delinquent” in paying their taxes.”

    This would be beyond dumb. How do you collect back taxes from someone not working? Wouldn’t it be easier to just dock their pay checks till they are caught up?

    “Nor does giving $250M to Egypt last month.”

    Funny how it was ok for Bush to give billions to Egypt

    The Bush administration has adamantly defended its annual outlay of nearly $2 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt in response to a Congressional debate on the issue. The White House has insisted that US strategic interests in the Middle East would be harmed by any reduction in its assistance to Egypt’s dictatorial regime.

    Where was your outrage then Mr juicy?

    • Ted Biondo

      I’m against anyone stealing tax dollars, Joe. Whether they are rich corporations, the wealthy, or lying hypocrites Like Obama, his staff, welfare cheats and the federal workers, who are stealing our money twice!

  4. Hypocrisy from the Liberal Left? What a surprise, especially since we had a tax cheat running the Treasury Department, (and the IRS).

    So, Joe, if a bank robber gives the money back, he doesn’t get put in jail? Or, doesn’t stealing from the government count?

    BTW, Joe forgets that Egypt wasn’t being run by the terrorist-supporting Muslim Brotherhood back then. It was still too much foreign aid, IMHO, but it did help keep peace in the region.

  5. I would say the same thing about Bush. I think it’s rediculous when we are so far in debt. But Bush didn’t whine like a baby every day either. We need a leader, not a two-faced hypocrite.

  6. snuss owing back taxes isn’t the same as robbing a bank. I have made errors on my tax returns and owed back taxes. It happens. Have you seen what is going on in Minnesota? Up to 10,000 people who used turbo tax filed returns that were wrong. Are they now bank robbers? Should they be fired from government jobs because of this error?

    BTW I don’t care who is running Egypt. I wouldn’t give them a penny. And the guy Bush was handing billions to ended up being sentenced to life for his crimes. What was he convicted of again? That’s right murder. Why did he have his bank accounts froze? That’s right he was stealing from the people. He may of been anti islam but he was a scum bag.

    “According to US figures, Egypt granted airspace access to 36,553 US military aircraft between 2001 and 2005.”

    I would also like to know how these payments lead to peace? We pay them so we can fly our planes in their airspace to drop bombs. Is that what you consider keeping the peace?

  7. Ted this is just right wingding garbage because someone of color is in the White House. Did you check into the Obama’s Chicago maid to see if she claimed all of her tips?

    • Ted Biondo

      You’re the racist, Steverino. You libs are the only ones who always have to mention race, on everything!

  8. Finally, the race card has been played! How do you know if all these tax cheats are all the same race/color?

    BTW, I oppose the Obama Regime’s policies because they are damaging our Country, not because of his skin pigmentation. I feel the same way about Shrillary, “Hanoi John” Kerry, and AlGore, as well as several other Leftist Democrats.

  9. Have you obama haters looked at past ferdi reports? Say the 2008 report? Where was the outrage when that report was released and 3 billion in back taxes was owed by federal workers under bush?

    “Among large executive branch agencies, the Department of Housing and Urban Development had the highest percentage of delinquent workers at 4.4 percent.”

    This number was 4.05 under bush. What a huge difference.

    Executive Office of the President in 2010 had a delinquency rate of 2.01% and owed $833,970. In 2008 the delinquency rate was 2.93% and the amount owed was 812,817. That would be about a 30% decrease in the delinquency rate for Obamas group. Sure looks like Obama and his group of hypocrites are doing a better job of paying taxes then the Bush folks did. But hey lets not let facts get in the way.

    This is nothing more then fake outrage. Anyone that took the time to google past ferdi reports would see this report is no different then past reports. Some groups had increases, some had decreases.

  10. I don’t see this as a race issue. This is the right playing it up to their less educated base. They throw out a report that looks bad into you look into the facts. The right isn’t worried about facts though. Just look at what ted said about federal workers stealing our money. The group owing the 2nd largest amount is military. These people stole from us twice? Drawing a check to be shot at is now considered stealing. Come on. That is just stupid.

  11. Thought I’d pass this along. Apparently, “The Messiah” thinks the Republicans are planning to poison him. See the following:

    Barack Obama Wouldn’t Touch Food at GOP Luncheon… He Didn’t Bring Royal Taster!

    obama royalty
    His royal highness wouldn’t touch the food at the GOP luncheon.

    Barack Obama agreed to meet with a group of GOP senators yesterday. But, he wouldn’t eat their food. He didn’t bring along his royal taster. No joke.

    The Daily Caller reported:

    President Obama was offered a feast of Maine treats, including University of Maine lobster salad and Wild Blueberry Pie when he visited Senate Republicans for a Capitol Hill luncheon on Thursday. But he didn’t touch a bite, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told reporters following the 1:30 PM eat n’ greet. That’s because the President didn’t have a food “taster” with him, said Collins, who was responsible for the menu.

    Democrats are always projecting.

    Source: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/03/barack-obama-wouldnt-touch-food-at-gop-luncheon-he-didnt-bring-royal-taster/

    He acts like he is king. That must be why he treats the rest of us like serfs.

  12. Thanks snuss for pointing out something so dumb. What happen to your outrage on the taxes? Facts get in the way of slamming the messiah? Atleast you were kind enough to toss up another softball. Lets see what we can dig up on past Kings and their food tasters.

    Does the name Viktor Yushchenko ring a bell to ya? Feel free to google him and see what it looks like when you don’t have a royal taster. Of course our president does have a food taster. Just like every president before him. Kind of how things work. You may not know this but our presidents are targets.

    “What seems clear is that when the president eats somewhere other than 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., tasters — in the form of Secret Service agents or military personnel — are likely to be involved. According to a Washington Post article from July 1990, George H.W. Bush ate out at Washington restaurants a lot by presidential standards, about once a month, and when he did he brought along his own condiments, bottled water, and a taster. On at least one occasion the taster was seen to personally wash all of George and Barbara’s tableware before use and subsequently monitor its whereabouts, sample the food, supervise its service, and uncork and taste the first couple’s wine.

    The presidential food safety team’s responsibilities go well beyond packing up a squeeze bottle of Horsey Sauce if the POTUS indicates that he’s thinking Arby’s. In his 2005 book Standing Next to History, former Secret Service agent Joseph Petro — who spent 23 years in the suit and shades — writes, “In principle nothing edible gets near the President unless we know where it comes from and who has handled it.” When the president digs in at a state banquet, Petro informs us, he’s eating basically the same stuff as everyone else in the room, but his helping has been prepared specially by White House stewards, who suit up to match the other servers at the event and carry his plate out themselves. For events in foreign countries, it’s the same thing but more so. Petro writes: “Stewards find out what’s being served at the banquet and bring the ingredients with them from the United States.”

    Going going gone!

  13. Since the Republicans were eating THE SAME FOOD, it isn’t too likely to have been poisoned. In any case, Obama KNEW that he was going to a luncheon, so why wasn’t he prepared, rather than end up looking (even more) like an arrogant elitist?

  14. If they have a lower rate of back taxes than the general public, then they are setting a higher standard. That is called….I know this is hard for you to say in regards to Obama…..leadership.

    Also Snuss, what is your point? He is the President of the United States, there are MILLIONS if not BILLIONS of people in this world that would love to see him injured or dead. At times, I believe many of the people who post on this blog are among them. calm down or at least find something worthwhile to complain about.

  15. I repeat: “In any case, Obama KNEW that he was going to a luncheon, so why wasn’t he prepared, rather than end up looking (even more) like an arrogant elitist?”

    Either he sought to make a statement with his actions (insinuating that the Republicans would poison him) or he was pathetically unprepared for his visit. Either way, it doesn’t show him in a good light.

  16. JRM_CommonSense

    This “food taster/Republicans are trying to poison the President” rant is nothing more than a typical Snussification of an idiotic point to try to steer the disscussion away for another idiotic rant of himself or someone else. This has got to one of the lamest and funniest by far. Now we will see several more posts attempting to show how it is really a serious issue.

    It really does show that the three or four main contributors (see snipers) on this site have very little of substance to support their hatred of the current President. So they have to resort to lame attempts to show this administration in a bad light while forgetting to mention that pervious administrations had the same issues or even worse issues, or pretending that everything is a socialist, communist, or Hilteresque plot (always a good scare words to use).

  17. shawnnews

    This is from the Charleston Regional Business Journal (South Carolina).

    Rep. Kris Crawford, a Republican from Florence and also an emergency room doctor, supports the expansion but expects the Republican caucus to vote as a bloc against the Medicaid expansion.

    “The politics are going to overwhelm the policy. It is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House right now, especially for the Republican Party,” Crawford said.


    I believe most people oppose Obama just because he isn’t in their political party… unfortunately Mr. Crawford of the South Carolina legislature is echoing what some people believe. Steverino isn’t too far off in his characterization of some people leading the party.

    • Ted Biondo

      shawnnews, Most don’t give a tinker’s damn what color Obama is, nor what gender Clinton is, we do not support their European Socialist redistribution of wealth, class hate rhetoric and control they want over all American lives.

  18. shawnnews

    I believe you. However, there are always a few people in the party — the people who are speaking for themselves in my link — that spoil it for everyone else. These are the people the Dems can run up the flagpole.
    Wealth has been redistributed upward to people who already have it with the diminished power of unions. AI’d hardly call a return to 90s tax codes any sort of socialism. that’s part rhetoric rather than facts.

  19. So how many people have died due to this caper Ted?

    $333,485 whole dollars? Imagine how much better off things would be if only the government had that kind of cash at their disposal.

    • Ted Biondo

      Not the point Todd. Hypocricy is the point. Fair share or skip paying taxes altogether, I don’t care if it is a dollar. They should pay what they owe. Problem is too many people don’t pay anything – the bottom 50%, whether they owe it or not – and what has dying got to do with anything?

  20. If death is the issue for Todd, he should oppose raising the CAFE standards.

    CAFE Standards Kill

    The laws of physics are stubbornly impervious to Obama’s green slogans, no matter how abrasively he shouts them. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded in 2007 that “None of the 15 vehicles with the lowest driver death rates is a small model. In contrast, 11 of the 16 vehicles with the highest death rates are mini or small models.”

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/296998/cafe-standards-kill-deroy-murdock

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