Letter: Implement Fair Tax

February 6, 2014 

In 1989, the IRS answered just 62.8 percent of taxpayer questions correctly, according to the government's own estimate.

The IRS commissioner testified before Congress and stated that bonuses being awarded to IRS personnel applies to "only" 50 percent to 60 percent of IRS personnel.

Wow! In my 40 years of working for a private international construction company, bonuses were paid to individuals on the basis of performing extraordinary work. I received two bonuses in those 40 years and not just because I showed up for work. But then I didn't have the benefit of a government union contract that provided routine bonuses.

If Congress has the so-called "power of the purse," why does it allow funding of bonuses that appear to be for routine effort? Who negotiates these contracts? Of course this power of the purse is misleading. The same Congress complains about our president being a "big spender." So which is it? Who really has the power of the purse? This is just more of the kabuki theater that is Washington, D.C., politics. Implement the Fair Tax and these bonuses and the IRS as we know it will disappear.

DAN SUTER, West Richland

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