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The IRS is just one of many wasteful bureaucracies

11:15 AM EDT, June 25, 2013

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Regarding reader Paul Streckfus' recent letter about the Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Streckfus is typical of the civil servants who work for that out-of-control agency and blame previous administrations for all the inadequacies and failures of the current regime ("Ehrlich wrong about the IRS," June 23).

He has the audacity to say that private corporations spend money on conferences. He uses the specious argument that money spent by corporations is indirectly taxpayer money since it is deductible (which in reality is less than 30 cents on the dollar). The $50 million the IRS spent on conferences from 2010 to 2012 was 100 percent taxpayer funded.

What makes it even more outrageous is that this was done during just a two year period by only one of more than 1,300 government agencies. Can you even begin to think the billions that are being wasted by the rest of those agencies?

Now the news is that the IRS is handing out $70 million in bonuses to its employees. Will the waste by these bureaucrats — who have never run a business, paid for their own medical coverage or had to meet a payroll — ever end?

Brian Spector, Easton