Cumberland Times-News

March 24, 2013

They didn’t need to hire a clown; we have enough of them already

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— Bankruptcy ... the final frontier.

These are the voyages of the administration.

Its eight-year mission: to explore strange new

worlds, to radically change our culture, to seek

out new constituencies, and new entitlements,

to boldly go where no man has gone before.

This should be the new Mission Statement.

They are out there!

The General Services Administration’s

inspector general on April 2 revealed that a

2010 Las Vegas junket, featuring a mind reader

and a clown cost taxpayers more than

$823,000.

The Federal Reserve is now going through

more ink than all the tattoo parlors in San

Francisco! $85 billion of new money a month, a

trillion dollars a year.

It’s called Quantitative Easing Three. It is a

tax tax on every person and asset in the country.

A sales tax on every purchase. John

Roberts would be pleased.

It is s tax that doesn’t require a bill, a committee

hearing, or a vote. It doesn’t assign

blame to a party. It benefits Wall Street, my fellow

Democrats. It is a regressive tax, Mr.

Obama, and it hurts the elderly and the poor

disproportionately, Mr. Fair Share!

The base line budgeting rules clearly allow

the president to spend more money than he

did last year.Why must we cut tuition reimbursements

for veterans? What kind of perverse

political move is that?

Meanwhile, back on planet earth....

House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee

chairman Charles Boustany Jr., R-La.,

sent a letter to IRS Acting Commissioner

Steven T. Miller demanding a copy of the video

parodies produced in the IRS’s television studio

in New Carrollton, Md., claiming the studio

may have cost taxpayers more than $4 million

last year, according to a review of contracts.

Boustany noted that he had previously written

to the IRS on Feb. 11 requesting information

on the production of two specific video

segments; a Star Trek parody and a skit based

on the television sitcom Gilligan’s Island.

The IRS provided a letter of response

acknowledging the existence of the two

videos. However, the agency refused to comply

with Chairman Boustany’s request to turn

over the videos to the committee. Sorta

reminds one of the GSA’s lavish conventions;

while veterans don’t reimbursed.

We give 80 Abrams tanks, Four F16s and a

half billion dollars to Egypt! Here is some

news! They have an alliance with Iran. Here’s

some breaking news: Iran hates us!

Last year, top officials at the General Services

Administration were forced to resign after

videos surfaced showcasing lavish parties,

conferences and awards ceremonies hosted

by the agency in Las Vegas, including one

video parodying the scene in the movie Office

Space, in which employees destroy computer

equipment.

They hired a clown. Why did these guys

need to hire a clown. Haven’t we elected

enough of them already?

Military officials were also embarrassed by

video of a training exercise conducted in Paradise

Point Resort near San Diego last Halloween

in which U.S. Marines and Navy special

operations forces battled a simulated

“zombie apocalypse” with participants in

make-up playing the roles of zombies.

In keeping with the mission, fellow pioneers,

we are boldly going where no man has gone

before, with the exception of Gilligan. The

island we are heading for is Cyprus! A final

note:

The IRS recently reported 311,566 federal

employees and retirees owed more than $3.5

billion in unpaid taxes in 2011.

Maybe they should pay their fair share!

Roberta Merrill

Clearville, Pa.