Feds are fleec­ing the tax­pay­ers

The Washington Times Daily - - Editorial -

I am ut­terly fed up with this ad­min­is­tra­tion’s in­com­pe­tence. It is cost­ing us hon­est, hard­work­ing tax­pay­ers bil­lions and bil­lions of dol­lars. It’s not just the in­ept leader of the “free” world who was elected with­out hav­ing any gov­ern­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and ap­pears to spend all his time cam­paign­ing, golf­ing, mix­ing it up with Hol­ly­wood celebs and deny­ing any re­spon­si­bil­ity for what­ever de­ba­cle du jour hap­pens to get past the main­stream­me­dia fortress. It’s also the fed­eral em­ploy­ees who are not do­ing the jobs that they are paid hand­somely to do (“The nonessen­tial spy,” Com­ment & Anal­y­sis, Nov. 7).

Those not do­ing the jobs they’re sup­posed to be do­ing in­clude the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency crook who stole hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in tax­payer money pre­tend­ing to be a spy; the State Depart­ment em­ploy­ees whose in­ept­ness re­sulted in the death of four Amer­i­cans in Beng­hazi, Libya; and Lois Lerner and oth­ers from the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice, who are ei­ther left-wing nut cases with an agenda or so clue­less as to process hefty tax re­funds to jail­birds and crooks from for­eign coun­tries. Then there are those from the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion who were said to have been warned about swindler Bernie Mad­off long be­fore his Ponzi scheme im­ploded. (Per­haps that in­for­ma­tion came in on a snowy “lib­eral leave” day.)

Don’t get me wrong; there are some very com­pe­tent and ded­i­cated fed­eral em­ploy­ees. But it is ev­i­dent that bonuses awarded for “su­pe­rior” work are rou­tine, that there is no ac­count­abil­ity on any level, that no one ever seems to get fired and that there is no penalty, fi­nan­cial or oth­er­wise, for com­mit­ting fraud. And we thought it was shame­ful when em­ploy­ees con­verted gov­ern­ment credit cards to per­sonal use or spent work hours shop­ping online or surf­ing porn web­sites.

I am sick and tired of hear­ing how the fed­eral gov­ern­ment needs to of­fer the ob­scene plethora of ben­e­fits it does to at­tract “the best and the bright­est.” If th­ese peo­ple fall in that group, we are in deep, deep trou­ble as a coun­try. It is time for a to­tal re­vamp of the fed­eral per­son­nel sys­tem. I’m tired of eat­ing cake. VIC­TO­RIA CAR­NEY McLean

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