IRS Hearings – Disturbing

I have viewed a few excerpts from the Congressional hearings on the IRS missing e-mails.  With all the partisanship going on in these hearings, I don’t have faith that some fix will be established to address the basic issues about the IRS handling of nonprofit groups and their political activity.  I am disturbed by what I have seen.

Okay, if the IRS did something wrong how will these hearings about missing e-mails solve the problem?  

I am concerned that congressional hearings are beginning to be a waste of time and money.  If all congressional representatives are going to do, both Republican and Democrat, is to make their points for media sound bytes, then these hearings are a waste of time and and a waste of tax payer dollars.

At this time in our nation, we are wondering if we must return to a war we don’t want.  There are many people in this country who are not earning a living wage or are unemployed.  Our very basic public education system is crumbling.  So many other issues should be more life and death for our leaders than lost e-mails.  Lets get back to fixing the initial IRS problem.  Too much focus is now on blaming somebody than fixing the problem.

Adding to this, federal employees are still not getting the support from their ultimate supervisors, Congress, so they can do their jobs better.

I spoke to a young person a couple of days ago, who took the time to watch these IRS lost e-mails hearings.  He was shocked at how the congressional representatives publicly disrespected a senior executive.  I can’t tell you how shocked he was about this.  Do our leaders understand that young people are watching their actions?  Do they know that they are doing a dishonor to their own positions as they bludgeon one of their own employees.

The question from him was what example does this serve for other supervisors and managers across this nation.  Can supervisors and managers now yell at their employees whenever they want.  Can they now embarrass their employees in public?

Are we going back to the barbaric days of public flogging? Where does this stop?  Who keeps order now?

Our young people are watching.  What can we tell them about how they should run this country when they take over?  These congressional hearings are a bad example.

Congressional hearings are supposed to ultimately fix problems through nonpartisan research.  What are the hearings doing now? Maybe they never did what they were supposed to do.  It seems more blatant now.

Ultimately, there are still federal workers in the IRS who are waiting to hear what they are supposed to do now.  Whose going to tell them?




About djaubey

I am a proud thirty-year federal employee and civil servant. Now retired. As a creative writer (both traditional and innovative), I provide a fresh perspective with a sound foundation in all my work. I am a researcher, writer and speaker with a love of the written word and in search of the truth.
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2 Responses to IRS Hearings – Disturbing

  1. Alkorson says:

    I am glad that you took up the banner to talk about the congressional hearing on the “missing emails” issue. It is very unfortunate that many Americans, including me, don’t watch or follow most of the congressional hearings. We tend to rely on the sensational portions which are aired on the local news. I took time to watch the VA and the IRS congressional hearings this time. What I learned from these hearings is that our congressional representatives did not hold these hearings to determine the real problems and how to develop a solution. I found out that they are more interesting in finding whose fault it is and who should be fired or made to resign. It is very shameful when members of congress can publicly admonish heads of agencies, as you would a child, on public television. What message does it send to the public? Does it mean that the leaders of these agencies may do the same to their employees? Since resuming the IRS hearings, there has been very little talk on the VA hearing. Does it mean that the problems at the VA have been solved? Rather than being political on these problems, I think that it is about time that the members of both parties begin to behave as problem solvers as opposed spending the People’s time in determining to whom caused the problems. The People need their elected official to act in their interest and not as investigators. There are already parts of our government whose sole purpose is performing investigations. We the People like to see their elected officials doing their jobs just as they like to us doing ours.

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