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  • Little People Get Short End Of FurloughStick While Washington Elite Rake InBonusesDonna AndersonInfowars.comMay 20, 2013Sequestration has causeeverything fromshortages at the local lawenforcement level tomajor cuts in federallyfunded programs that aidthe poor, and hundreds ofthousands of federalworkers will tak e asevere cut in pay thisyear as they’refurloughed for 21 to 28days. Chalk it all up toSequestration, but don’tworry, if you’re amember of the SeniorExecutive Service you’llstill get your annualbonus.A report issued by aSenate subcommittee on Friday, May 17, 2011, shows that members of the Senior Executive Servicewere paid more than $340 million in bonuses from 2008 through 2011, in addition to their regularannual salaries that range from $119,000 to $179,000. In 2012 the average annual salary was $166,025.According to the Senior Executive Service Reform Act of 1978, the Senior Executive Service is aposition classification in the civil service which consists of leaders who serve in key positions justbelow top presidential appointees. SES members are the link between the Presidential appointees andthe rest of the Federal w ork force. They operate and oversee government activity in approximately 75Federal agencies. There are currently more than 7,000 members.On March 1, 2013, sequestration took effect and the Federal government was forced to take $85 billionin across-the-board spending cuts. These cuts affect every government department and service acrossthe nation. In most cases, the only way to cut the budget in each department (without cutting the pay ofthe elite, of course) is to furlough employees, which means forced time off without pay.Some workers are looking at a minimum of 21 to 28 furlough days by the end of 2013. Could youafford to go a month without a paycheck? However, by law, all agencies must still pay bonuses toSenior Executive Service employees who meet certain performance criteria.
  • Truth Out reports, “Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, introduced a bill Friday that wouldeliminate bonuses for members of the Senior Executive Service during sequestration. McCaskill leadsthe Senate Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, which produced the report.”“The idea that some of the highest-paid federal government employees could be getting bonuses whileothers are being furloughed is outrageous,’ McCaskill said in a statement. ‘This legislation will ensurethat doesn’t happen.’”Fridays subcommittee report found that more than 6,300 SES members received cash awards in 2011,totaling $78 million. Among the agencies spending the most bonus money were the Nuclear RegulatoryCommission,at $16,000 per employee, the National Science Foundation, at $14,000, the Department ofthe Navy, at $13,000 the Department of Health and Human Services at $13,000 and the Department ofCommerce at more than $12,000 per employee.
  • The IRS’s Job Is To Violate Our LibertiesRon PaulInfowars.comMay 20, 2013“What do you expect when you target the President?” This is what an Internal Revenue Service (IRS)agent allegedly said to the head of a conservative organization that was being audited after calling forthe impeachment of then-P resident Clinton. Recent revelations that IRS agents gave “special scrutiny”to organizations opposed to the current administration’s policies suggest that many in the IRS stillbelieve harassing the President’s opponents is part of their job.As troubling as these recent reports are, it would be a grave mistake to think that IRS harassment ofopponents of the incumbent President is a modern, or a partisan, phenomenon. As scholar BurtonFolsom pointed out in his book New Deal or Raw Deal, IRS agents in the 1930s where essentially “hitsquads” against opponents of the New Deal. It is well-known that the administrations of John F.Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson used the IRS to silencetheir critics. One of the articles of impeachment drawnup against Richard Nixon dealt with his use of the IRSto harass his political enemies. Allegations of IRSabuses were common during the Clinton administration,and just this week some of the current administration’sdefenders recalled that antiwar and progressive groupsalleged harassment by the IRS during the Bushpresidency.The bipartisan tradition of using the IRS as a tool toharass political opponents suggests that the problem isdeeper than just a few “rogue” IRS agents—or evencorruption within one, two, three or manyadministrations. Instead, the problem lays in the
  • extraordinary power the tax system grantsthe IRS.The IRS routinely obtains information abouthow we earn a living, what investments wemake, what we spend on ourselves and ourfamilies, and even what charitable andreligious organizations we support. Startingnext year, the IRS will be collectingpersonally identifiable health insurance information in order to ensure we are complying withObamacare’s mandates.The current tax laws even give the IRS power to marginalize any educational, political, or evenreligious organizations whose goals, beliefs, and values are not favored by the current regime bydenying those organizations “tax-free” status. This is the root of the latest scandal involving the IRS.Considering the type of power the IRS excises over the American people, and the propensity of thosewho hold power to violate liberty, it is surprising we do not hear about more cases of politically-motivated IRS harassment. As the first US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall said, “Thepower to tax is the power to destroy” — and who better to destroy than one’s political enemies?The US flourished for over 120 years without an income tax, and our liberty and prosperity will onlybenefit from getting rid of the current tax system. The federal government will get along just finewithout its immoral claim on the fruits of our labor, particularly if the elimination of federal incometaxes are accompanied by serious reduction in all areas of spending, starting with the military spendingbeloved by so many who claim to be opponents of high taxes and big government.While it is important for Congress to investigate the most recent scandal and ensure all involved areheld accountable, we cannot pretend that theproblem is a few bad actors. The very purpose ofthe IRS is to transfer wealth from one group toanother while violating our liberties in the process,thus the only way Congress can protect ourfreedoms is to repeal the income tax and shutterthe doors of the IRS once and for all.Former Congressman Ron Paul’s article firstappeared at, thetemporary home for his weekly column until hispersonal web page is up and running.Ron Pauls Texas Straight Talk 5/20/13: TheIRSs Job Is To Violate Our Liberties VIDEOBELOW