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Everyone knows that government spending is out of control. But did you know that, on top of that, the IRS is giving away literally multiple billions of dollars that are owed in taxes by corporations?
It’s sad but true. We explore that, and so much more in this episode!
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Examples of Out of control Spending
So, we all know that the spending by the American government is out of control.
But do you know how bad it really is? Have you seen some of the things that have been given money by the government?
It’s a sad testimony to the depths of ineptitude this government has.
How about these for examples?
One professor at Stanford University was given $239,100 to study how Americans use the Internet to find love.
The U.S. government once spent 2.6 million dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.
If you can believe it, the U.S. government has spent $175,587 “to determine if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior”.
The Obama administration plans to spend between 16 and 20 million dollars helping students from Indonesia get master’s degrees.
A total of $1.8 million was spent on a “museum of neon signs” in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The federal government spends 25 billion dollars a year maintaining federal buildings that are either unused or totally vacant.
U.S. farmers are given a total of $2 billion each year for not farming their land.
According to the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. military spent “$998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from South Carolina to Texas and $293,451 sending an 89-cent washer from South Carolina to Florida”.
The National Institutes of Health paid researchers $400,000 to find out why gay men in Argentina engage in risky sexual behavior when they are drunk.The National Institutes of Health also once spent $442,340 to study the behavior of male prostitutes in Vietnam.
The NIH once spent $800,000 in “stimulus funds” to study the impact of a “genital-washing program” on men in South Africa.
The ongoing National Institutes of Health study, now in its fourth year and scheduled to last another two, has cost about $3 million to date, the Washington Free Beacon reported in a recent article.
A summary of the research project said that nearly three-quarters of lesbians are overweight or obese. The rate is 25 percent higher than heterosexual females and almost “double the obesity risk of gay men,” the summary said.
Now, maybe it’s just me, but for a government that seems determined to do everything that it can to hold down gay people through all of the same sex marriage bull that goes on, they seem really obsessed with gay folks.
And these are just a teeny fraction of the obscene amounts of money that is spent by the government.
This IS our money, mind you. Let me compare for a moment what it would be like if you or I did this kind of thing.
Let’s say, for example, you make 40,000 a year. You are responsible to pay out 50,000 a year. You cover that 10,000 a year by borrowing money from your granddaughter. You then take some of that money and spend it on figuring out how quails poop or how ducks have sex or how gay prostitutes wash their balls.
I know my wife would hang me for something like that.
But that’s just a comparison on how ridiculous it is. I know when speaking about government spending, there’s always big numbers that fly around that are almost incomprehensible. But it’s easy to get if you put it into context.
But, none of these compare to another source of lost money that the government requires to keep its machine well oiled and running smoothly.
In fact, there’s much, much more.
That’s the headline on Raw Story, where it has broken that the IRS has been committing massive amounts of fraud, or, at least, done by the big wig officials there.
Here’s the story…
A 10-year veteran Internal Revenue Service (IRS) attorney has demanded a Congressional audit of the IRS to investigate the agency’s alleged role in allowing American corporations to illegally avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes at the same time the agency is cracking down on individuals and small businesses.
In a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, IRS commissioner John A. Koskinen, and IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, Jane J. Kim, an attorney in the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel in New York, accused IRS executives of “deliberately” facilitating multi-billion dollar tax giveaways. The letter, dated October 19, will add further pressure on the agency, which is under fire for allegedly targeting conservative and Tea Party groups.
Allegedly, some of the cases involve massive amounts of money, adding up to multiple BILLIONS of dollars each.
One example :
In one case, the IRS was auditing a US company that fraudulently under-reported its profits by nearly $3 billion annually. On behalf of the IRS, the whistleblower had drafted a detailed report proving the fraud, but the agency “closed its audit without ever asking a question or reviewing the documents submitted.” As much as $4 billion in taxes were lost.
In another instance, “a solid case” allegedly involving $6 billion of taxes due was “inexplicably shut down” according to IRS criminal investigation agents. Instead, detailed evidence of fraud and malfeasance “in hundreds to thousands of specific accounts” was ignored. The agent blamed links between senior IRS executives and outside corporations associated with the case.
Oh, and the most prevalent issue that comes up is that it’s been primarily because of the lobbyists involved in the IRS system that have been at the base of the deals.
Yep. You heard it right. Lobbyists. The same ones that have bought and paid for Congress. I guess it’s not enough that they have bought out the lawmakers. They want to go for the money handlers as well
Now, I cannot sit here and say that I am shocked. I cannot even say that I am mildly perturbed at the thought that these IRS executives did it.
I really can’t.
Perhaps it is because, in the world that we are in right now, there has been so much fraud committed all around that it’s just commonplace. It’s become the way things are and no one expects different.
So no, I am not surprised.
I AM pissed, however.
I mean, here we have the IRS, people that would come to you, bash down your door with agents and guns blazing, stealing your house, your cat and your mothers muumuu if you failed to give them the three lousy bucks you owe them, letting these corporations go completely free with literally multiple billions of dollars.
People, this is a sad state of affairs.
Thing is, I really don’t see anything happening to the corporations htat have gotten away with all of this. There’s just too much money flying around the issue to really do anything about it.
Seriously. It’s like the banks getting away with things because they are “too big to fail.”
They will come out later, after they have held hands and sung their little dark prayers over their slavering overlords, after having eaten their dinner of little babies with a side of brown rice, claiming that the corporations are “too big to fail” and it would be in the public’s best interest to just let things go.
Why not? It’s happened before.
Remember how the banks were too big to fail? Yep, their CEOs are sitting on beaches sucking the vodka from a prostitutes bellybutton right now as we all sit and eat the shit they spew from their innards.
Sorry for the heavy metaphors there, folks, but it really has gotten to be that dark.
Now, I do think I know a part of the reason we see stuff like this going on. It’s not that hard to get, really.
What it comes down to is that we create the reality we see.
We have given our energies over to negative things, negative ways of living, and we cannot expect that those in positions of power, to lead us ahead, will not be the same way.
They are mirror reflections of ourselves, shining back at us so that we can see what our problems are and where we need work.
Do you see in your life where you are cheating, lying, etc? Do you lie to your wife as you tell her that you’re going out with the guys to go bowling or play poker? And then you go out with Sheery from the office to that seedy motel and have some fun?
Why be shocked that the leaders that have been put into place to shine a mirror on the things you do ad have in your heart do the same?
Cheating on your taxes and on your bills, paying hand to mouth for that credit card that you maxed out on stupid crap instead of using it responsibly?
Why be shocked, then, that your government does the same thing?
If we all made changes in our lives to get away from the shadows, to get away from the dark things and start being honest and open with one another, forgiving and loving to one another, we would see changes in those “above” us, as well.
Has to happen. That’s what they are there for. Mirrors of ourselves.
It’s how things work.