Thursday, September 16, 2010

Deadbeat bureaucrats

Something about this Washington Post story really tickled me--the circularity of people whose salaries are paid by the taxpayers, but who themselves don't bother to pay taxes! What could be neater than that?

  • Federal employees nationwide owe $1 billion in unpaid taxes
  • Senate and House employees alone owe $9.3 million (the WaPo doesn't say whether that includes any actual Congressmen, but I'll bet it does)
  • While those working in the White House itself owe $831,000 
Alas, the WaPo story doesn't give a deadbeat figure by executive department, but one assumes that the Treasury under Timothy Geithner runs a cleaner ship than most. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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