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Why not splurge if someone else (us taxpayers) was paying for it?
Just because it conformed to the rules at the time doesn't make it OK. And didn't he think a luxury suite was just a little over the top. Time for this knucklehead to find a new job, away from the taxpayer's wallets. In fact,, maybe he should reimburse the rest of us!
This happened two years ago and has already been dealt with. A far larger concern is the money Congress is wasting doing nothing.
Having managed a number of professional and para-professional staff over many years, I understand the need for training and conferences! Conferences provide training opportunities in a variety of areas to many staff and that lays the groundwork for later specialized training that can be done on site and via teleconferencing. Such conferencing should by done by seeking some bids on meals, lodging, meeting rooms, coffee, etc. Apparrently and sadly the referenced process was foreign to the IRS!! There is no justification for anyone to stay in "luxury suites", to be served steak & lobster, to pay for any alcohol drinks, etc!! Especially not at taxpayer expense!!!
How anyone could justify this needless waste of taxpayer money by alluding to the "rules" is ridiculous. Which further begs the question: who is responsible for writing the rules that supposedly allowed for it?
Yawn. So the IRS organized a conference in which some participants stayed in luxury suites. The average per night for the attendees was $135, which is a very reasonable rate. Resorts commonly offer upgrades on suites for group leaders when large groups visit their facility. Private industry does this kind of thing all the time. The government needs to be able to offer occasional perks to its employees in order to attract and retain them. Working for the government is not (or shouldn't be) equivalent to taking an oath of poverty. This issue is 10% substantive and 90% political grandstanding.
How was it dealt with, because we are seeing the same pattern over and over.
On another note, are you alright with a huge government entity targeting specific groups because of their political beliefs?
If you are now, what about when your party is not in office and it happens?
You'll still be fine, right?
No hypocrisy within the left, none, never!
This entire thing stinks worse than any dead rotting smelly fish you can imagine, and it keeps getting bigger and bigger.
Now I'll just sit back and wait for my comments to be posted like they always are................
I just heard that they don't have reciepts for this. I suggest docking participants pay or going after their assets. Expenditure denied.
When you write your own rules its hard to break them. Just ask congress.
Indypendant - "Private industry does this kind of thing all the time." You're right, they do. But I'm not helping to pay their salary (unless I buy their goods). The IRS, on the other hand, is forcing me to pay their salary, so we, as taxpayers, have the right to complain.
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