The IRS has spent $96.5 million on office furniture under the Obama administration and is now claiming it has insufficient funding to adequately serve taxpayers.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified before the House two weeks ago about the IRS’ need for additional funding for the upcoming fiscal year. The IRS is currently seeking an increase of $1.2 billion—a 7 percent raise over its FY 2014 $11.29 billion budget. It would bring the agency’s FY 2015 budget to $12.48 billion.
A review of contracts by the Washington Free Beacon shows the IRS in the past five fiscal years has spent $96.5 million refurbishing IRS offices across the country. Those contracts include fiscal years 2010 through 2014.
That amount already exceeds what the agency spent during the entire eight years under President George W. Bush, fiscal years 2002 through 2009.
The purchases during the current administration show contracts are for various amounts. They range from several millions to hundreds of thousands of dollars for each agency office.
Math! I love math.
OK! Let's compare --
The IRS will be spending $100,000,000 over five years (it's actually $96, but we'll keep it simple)
100,000,000 -divided- by 5 -equals- $20,000,000 per year.
$20,000,000 per year -divided- by 365 -equals- $54,794.52 per day.
$54,794.52 -divided- by 24 equals $2,283.10 per hour.
-- all together --
The IRS will be spending $2,283.10 per hour over the next 5 years on physical furniture ("physical" as in a taxpayer asset, something we could all go see, touch, and sit in, etc.)
There are currently 233 Republican members of the House of Representatives.
Each member of the House of Representatives earns $175,000 per year of taxpayer money as salary (John Boehner actually earns around $20,000 more just for being speaker, but we'll keep it even for clarity sake).
$175,000 -multiplied- by 233 = $40,775,000 per year.
Now the Republicans who control the House of Representatives will only allow 112 days of work this year.
112 days -multiplied- by 8 hours -equals- 896 FULL TIME working hours for each member of the House.
$40,775,000 per year -divided- by 896 -equals- $45,507.81 dollars per hour.
Said another way, folks, we are paying the Republican Members of the House of Representatives $45,507.81 PER HOUR -- that's cash *into* their pockets, gone, zip, nothing physical left behind.
So which is more bothersome, the IRS spending $2,283.10 per hour in physical goods or Republicans handing THEMSELVES $45,507.81 per hour while doing nothing?