WASHINGTON, DC – You know things are not going well when the White House press secretary says this: ‘All democracies have issues that they need to work through and we would expect the government to work through this in a way that respects the rights of their citizens.’
But he’s talking about the riots in Turkey, not about the problems plaguing the Obama administration, specifically, the side-step going on at the Internal Revenue Service.
The Cupid Shuffle to be exact.
The IRS says taxpayers shelled out $1,600 on a dance video shown to 2,600 managers at a leadership conference three years ago.
This is the same conference where the IRS showed a Star Trek parody, also paid by the American tax payers.
Rep. Darrell Issa, who chairs the House committee looking into the IRS, says the tax agency showed the video at hundreds of conferences over a two year period, conferences that ended up costing more than $50 million.
Issa also says his committee has learned someone in Washington ordered the Cincinnati office to target conservatives and religious groups. “This is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters and we’re getting to proving it.”
Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel was to talk to Congress today, his first trip in his new job.
He’s the guy replacing Steven Miller who stepped down after swearing to Congress that he didn’t know anything about anything.
Guess he learned something from the video, like how to do the old side-step.