Supposedly, the government shouldn’t use your tax payments to finance the party in power to campaign on their own behalf. Furthermore, Federal employees who are hired to do a specific job for the public are not supposed to use their access to the public in order to engage in campaigning.
In a sense, of course, such rules cannot be consistently enforced. The government will actually budget funds for providing propaganda to promote and glorify actions that government has taken. When you drive through Western states and see billboards celebrating how money going to ethanol is keeping corn prices up, you realize how corrupt the whole system is.
Nevertheless, when IRS employees start using their relationship with “customers” to campaign for the democrats, they have plainly overstepped.
From the Heritage Foundation blog comes findings by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC):
OSC is an independent agency that investigates violations of the civil service rules that govern federal employees and the federal statute that protects whistleblowers, as well as violations by federal employees of the Hatch Act, which restricts the political activity of civil servants. One of those rules is an absolute prohibition on partisan political speech and activity in the federal workplace.
On April 9, OSC announced that it was seeking “significant disciplinary action” against an IRS customer-service representative who fielded taxpayer questions on the IRS customer-service helpline. Apparently, the IRS employee “urged taxpayers to reelect President Obama in 2012 by repeatedly reciting a chant based on the spelling of his last name.” OSC did not indicate what the “chant” was, and a spokesman for OCS told me he could not reveal the chant because of privacy rules, since it spelled out the employee’s name.
Another tax specialist in the Kentucky office of the IRS was given a 14-day suspension for telling a taxpayer she was “for” the Democrats because “Republicans already [sic] trying to cap my pension and…they’re going to take women back 40 years.” The tax specialist added that her mother told her that “if you vote for a Republican, the rich are going to get richer and the poor are going to get poorer.”
Unfortunately for the tax specialist, the taxpayer recorded the illicit telephone conversation. The recording even caught the IRS employee telling the taxpayer that “I’m not supposed to voice my opinion so you didn’t hear me saying that.” This particular IRS employee had been advised about the restrictions of the Hatch Act on this type of behavior “just weeks before the conversation,” according to the OSC.
The OSC also announced it had “issued cautionary guidance to all IRS employees” in the Dallas Taxpayer Assistance Center after it received complaints that the employees were “wearing pro-Obama political stickers, buttons, and clothing to work and displaying pro-Obama screensavers on their IRS computers.” It turned out that this was “commonplace throughout the office.” It makes one wonder how much of this was going on in other IRS offices where no one complained.
But despite this expanding record of evil, lawless behavior, we’re supposed to feel sorry for the IRS because “they’re being targeted” by Republicans.
Sure they are.