What Lew didn't tell Congress about, however, was the millions of dollars the IRS is spending on office furniture and remodeling.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, total spending by the IRS to buy chairs and repaint offices from 2010 to the present is $96.5 million, more than the agency spent on those items during all eight years of George W. Bush's presidency.
Harassment requires desks
The IRS, of course, is the focus of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's investigation of illegal harassment of conservative nonprofit applicants.
More than 200 conservative and Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt nonprofit status were subjected to the harassment that consisted of endless delays, intrusive questioning and burdensome document production.
Started with Obama
"The first fiscal year budget for which President Obama was responsible was FY 2010 and it was a banner year — when the agency spent the most on new furniture. Records show $44.4 million was spent that year.
"The Free Beacon found in a total of 3,777 contracts the IRS has purchased various types of furniture. The contracts include new chairs, showcases, partitions and shelving, and wood furniture."
Okay, so what?
A "mere" $96.5 million is barely a ripple in a $12.48 billion annual budget. And considering the important work the agency does, why begrudge its officials comfortable chairs that cost in excess of $1,200 each?
Perhaps this statement from Lew will make it all clear:
“The IRS continues its commitment to carrying out its responsibilities, providing quality service to taxpayers and preserving the public’s faith in our tax system, but the lack of sufficient funding in recent years has made it difficult to provide the kind of services American taxpayers deserve.”
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