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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Feds are fleecing the taxpayers

- - Sunday, November 10, 2013

I am utterly fed up with this administration's incompetence. It is costing us honest, hardworking taxpayers billions and billions of dollars. It's not just the inept leader of the "free" world who was elected without having any governing experience and appears to spend all his time campaigning, golfing, mixing it up with Hollywood celebs and denying any responsibility for whatever debacle du jour happens to get past the mainstream-media fortress. It's also the federal employees who are not doing the jobs that they are paid handsomely to do ("The nonessential spy," Comment & Analysis, Nov. 7).

Those not doing the jobs they're supposed to be doing include the Environmental Protection Agency crook who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money pretending to be a spy; the State Department employees whose ineptness resulted in the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya; and Lois Lerner and others from the Internal Revenue Service, who are either left-wing nut cases with an agenda or so clueless as to process hefty tax refunds to jailbirds and crooks from foreign countries. Then there are those from the Securities and Exchange Commission who were said to have been warned about swindler Bernie Madoff long before his Ponzi scheme imploded. (Perhaps that information came in on a snowy "liberal leave" day.)

Don't get me wrong; there are some very competent and dedicated federal employees. But it is evident that bonuses awarded for "superior" work are routine, that there is no accountability on any level, that no one ever seems to get fired and that there is no penalty, financial or otherwise, for committing fraud. And we thought it was shameful when employees converted government credit cards to personal use or spent work hours shopping online or surfing porn websites.

I am sick and tired of hearing how the federal government needs to offer the obscene plethora of benefits it does to attract "the best and the brightest." If these people fall in that group, we are in deep, deep trouble as a country. It is time for a total revamp of the federal personnel system. I'm tired of eating cake.

VICTORIA CARNEY

McLean