© Miri WTPOTUS June 3, 2013
There they are! Our employees, doing the Cupid Shuffle. The IRS reportedly spent $50 MILLION on 220 conferences between 2010 and 2012: That’s a couple of conferences per week, averaging several thousand dollars per conference. This, in a time of austerity, when critical employees like air traffic controllers are being furloughed to save money. What hubris! What waste!
The conference spending included $4 million for an August 2010 gathering in Anaheim, Calif., for which the agency did not negotiate lower room rates, even though that is standard government practice, according to a statement by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Instead, some of the 2,600 attendees received benefits, including baseball tickets and stays in presidential suites that normally cost $1,500 to $3,500 per night. In addition, 15 outside speakers were paid a total of $135,000 in fees, with one paid $17,000 to talk about “leadership through art,” the House committee said. [emphasis added]
Is line dancing “art”? At one conference, our employees learned to do the Cupid Shuffle (see photo above). Isn’t that cute? Your hard-earned tax dollars at work, being wasted by the very people whose job it is to harass you, if necessary, in order to get you to pay up!
How does learning to line dance help them to do their jobs? Who the hell knows? But surely it enriches the friends of Barry, some way, somehow.
Not to worry, though! This waste has already been nipped in the bud:
The Treasury Department released a statement Sunday saying the administration “has already taken aggressive and dramatic action to reduce conference spending.” [emphasis added]