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.