Family Research Council

IRS Popcorn Machine Reveals another Kernel of Truth


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October 15, 2013

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The IRS is borrowing more than trouble with its latest credit card scam. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington. I guess the IRS was too busy harassing conservatives to read its credit card statements. If the accountants had, they might have noticed that thousands of dollars in things like romance novels weren't exactly business expenses. The revelations, which were part of a massive report on IRS misconduct, found that employees used agency credit cards to everything from baby bottles and diet pills to footballs and bathtub toys! At one point, managers spent $3,000 to rent a popcorn machine. "Clearly," said the IRS Commissioner, "any inappropriate card use impacts our bottom line and is cause for concern. Wasteful spending cannot be tolerated." Unfortunately, the government's more than tolerating it. It's encouraging it, as Congress and the administration send the country even deeper in debt. And if we don't do something soon, America won't just have a credit problem. It'll have a credibility problem.

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