income tax filing deadline approaches, the news is full of stories about how
our money is taken and spent.
Citizens Against Government Waste today announced the winners of the
Oinkers — the silliest and worst examples of pork barrel spending from
’s total reveals that Congress porked
out at record levels. For , appropriators stuck 10,656 projects in the 13 appropriations
bills, an increase of 13 percent over last year’s total of 9,362. In the
last two years, the total number of projects has increased 28 percent. The
cost of these projects in fiscal 2004 was $22.9 billion, or 1.6 percent more
than last year’s total of $22.5 billion. In fact, the total cost of pork
has increased by 14 percent . Total pork identified by Citizens Against Government Waste
adds up to $185 billion.
That’s $185 billion that was stolen from you and me and given away to campaign
contributors or spent lavishly on reelection-related program activities.
Bureaucrash — which is trying hard to be
the hip face of free-market libertarianism — has released its
Slavery Sucks propaganda for this year.
Commissioner Mark W. Everson was interviewed by
USA Today, and
interview is in ’s paper. Observe
in this excerpt how Everson decries the degradation of ethics and fairness and
the culture of greed and materialism that contributed to more people being
unwilling to help the
their money from them:
Q: You’ve noted that a
survey showed that 11% of the public
thought it was OK to cheat on taxes,
and now that is up to 17%. What is the driving force behind this attitude?
A: It’s probably two things. One is a degradation
of ethics with some practitioners. It was tied to this same spirit of what
many called “the culture of greed and materialism” that developed during
. But the
backed away from enforcing the law as this was happening. It’s a basic sense
of fairness. Somebody out there is complying with the law, and they see
others doing things, and over time, they feel like chumps. But we will change
Inspector General Pamela Gardiner told a Senate subcommittee that taxpayers
who go to
assistance centers to get help on their taxes
Gardiner’s auditors re-examined 23 tax returns prepared by
employees at assistance centers nationwide and picked at random. Nineteen of
them were done incorrectly, Gardiner told the Senate Subcommittee on
Transportation, Treasury and General Government.…
According to Gardiner,
employees at 400 taxpayer assistance centers nationwide encountered 8.5
million taxpayers face-to-face last year. The problem: when
posing as taxpayers asked them to answer tax questions, the answers were
right just 69 percent of the time.