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06-05-2010 01:49 AM  7 years agoPost 1
Dennis (passed)

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New IRS Facility Will Have The Nicest Amenities Your Money Can Buy

Posted June 4th, 2010 at 6:00pm

Andy Roth, Vice President of Club for Growth, highlighted a Boston Herald article about renovations to an IRS facility in a tweet he sent out this week:

The Herald reports that the Andover, Massachusetts facility will boast a host of new amenities after its makeover, including “a reflecting pool, an art gallery, indoor gardens, a 7,000-square-foot cafeteria, and an amphitheater” but concedes that “it remains unclear what new permanent jobs, if any, will come to the center.”

The article also quotes Jonathan Levi whose firm is taking the lead on the renovation:

“[The redesigned building] will be a comfortable, collaborative environment” that would foster “community and belonging,” Levi said. “It will be welcoming for the people who use it.”

What a relief! Chief among the concerns of Americans who are struggling to find or keep their jobs is whether federal tax-collectors work in a space that is “welcoming” and “collaborative”. The project is expected to cost $92 million—after receiving a $80.5 million injection of stimulus cash just last month. The new building will have space for 1,100 new IRS employees, but it is unclear whether the branch had any plans to grow their staff after laying off 1,400 workers just last year.

These financial excesses have become legend. A recent paper by Heritage scholar Brian Reidl, titled “Federal Spending By the Numbers” details a host of other examples of out-of-control federal spending. Among the waste:

* Because of overstaffing, the U.S. Postal Service selects 1,125 employees per day to sit in empty rooms. They are not allowed to work, read, play cards, watch television, or do anything. This costs $50 million annually.
* Washington will spend $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job.
* A GAO audit classified nearly half of all purchases on government credit cards as improper, fraudulent, or embezzled. Examples include gambling, mortgage payments, liquor, lingerie, iPods, Xboxes, jewelry, Internet dating services, and Hawaiian vacations. In one extraordinary example, the Postal Service spent $13,500 on one dinner at a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, including “over 200 appetizers and over $3,000 of alcohol, including more than 40 bottles of wine costing more than $50 each and brand-name liquor such as Courvoisier, Belvedere and Johnny Walker Gold.” The 81 guests consumed an average of $167 worth of food and drink apiece.
* House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her staff have charged taxpayers $101,000 for “in-flight services”—including food and liquor—during trips on Air Force jets over the last two years. Charges reportedly include “Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, and Corona beer.”
* The refusal of many federal employees to fly coach costs taxpayers $146 million annually in flight upgrades.
* Washington spent $126 million in 2009 on projects associated with the Kennedy family legacy in Massachusetts. Additionally, Senator John Kerry (D–MA) diverted $20 million from the 2010 defense budget to subsidize a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute.

It is absolutely essential that Washington rein in this type of wasteful spending as well as tackling real and lasting entitlement reform. Until it does, this insanity will continue.

From The Heritage Foundation:
http://blog.heritage.org/2010/06/04...-money-can-buy/

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06-05-2010 03:06 AM  7 years agoPost 2
Hivoltage

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What a crock of S**t, I hate this administration. I hope they get ripped in November.

I Dont Have No Stink'in Signature

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06-05-2010 04:58 AM  7 years agoPost 3
nitro fun

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The Herald reports that the Andover, Massachusetts facility will boast a host of new amenities after its makeover, including “a reflecting pool, an art gallery, indoor gardens, a 7,000-square-foot cafeteria, and an amphitheater” but concedes that “it remains unclear what new permanent jobs, if any, will come to the center.
WTF,

fire all the irs so we can keep our money that will get the economy going.

oh ya, La city is broke with no money, but they are building a new school across the street from me. to hire some more city union workers

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06-05-2010 12:43 PM  7 years agoPost 4
baby uh1

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Absolute power corrupts absolutely!
THey built a new federal courthouse in St Louis a couple of years ago and I expected it to come with a Pharaoh! All marble and gold!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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06-05-2010 01:05 PM  7 years agoPost 5
fla heli boy

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these are just a handful of incidents. can you imagine how much pure pork there is every year and how much of it is so unnecessary??
Boggles the mind.

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06-05-2010 01:17 PM  7 years agoPost 6
shawmcky

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They have the best toilets in town

When you realise how much debt the country is in and how much tax they are going to want from you to pay it off,you will probably need the best toilets money can buy.

Team- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here

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06-05-2010 01:37 PM  7 years agoPost 7
fla heli boy

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at least big enough to stick our heads in.

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06-07-2010 03:16 AM  7 years agoPost 8
drdot

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fwiw..

I hope no one thinks it's the current administrations' fault...It's the fault of our alleged GOVERNMENT....We the people deserve better, it is up to US to destroy this farce and start over...If you have a child in school...Please...sit down with him/her/them and ask questions about what they are being taught...I've watched three nephews in various stages of growth, and am APPALLED by the pablum being taught...This entire debacle begins /ends with education, and the teaching of ACCURATE history...Go to your school..Ask 5 teachers if they know who/ what Leni Riefenstahl was...If 3 of 5 do not know...I'd advise you to find another school....

BC

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06-07-2010 03:26 AM  7 years agoPost 9
Dennis (passed)

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I hope no one thinks it's the current administrations' fault
Probably not directly.

Remember when everything was bush's fault?

But, I will blame present admin anyway. They are supposed to be in charge you know.

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06-07-2010 04:31 AM  7 years agoPost 10
drdot

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fwiw..

Believe me..I'm NOT defending 'Bammy...He's just the latest in a long line of losers...

BC

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06-07-2010 12:39 PM  7 years agoPost 11
SSN Pru

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Dot,

If it is this Leni Riefenstahl then that is quite the obscure person.

why would such a seemingly historically insignificant person's history be taught?

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

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06-07-2010 02:21 PM  7 years agoPost 12
fla heli boy

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i gotta agree Pru. Hell, we're lucky they even mention WWII at all, period. My daughter is a junior in college (with a great GPA) and I'm still blown away by what she DOESN'T know. What she lacked knowledge of out of high school was shocking to me.

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06-08-2010 12:04 AM  7 years agoPost 13
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fwiw...

If someone is TEACHING my kids...I expect them to know such things, especially as it relates to the present day political climate...Simply a matter of wanting history taught well and accurately, as too many times the human race has repeated it...I'm a printer by trade...If I know about her, and what she represented, and how that applies to politics today...Am I asking too much of the allegedly educated?

BC

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