The IRS is patting itself on the back today in announcing the closing of 43 small offices, which will save more than $40 million.
"Given today's tight budget environment, we have to be willing to make the tough but responsible calls to save taxpayer dollars," IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said in a recent news release..
Tough? Hardly. None of the people at the offices are going to his/her job. In fact, many of them are going to be allowed to telecommute now.
In its fiscal year 2013 budget request, the administration requested an 8-percent funding increase for the IRS.
The amount of money being saved by the IRS is the equivalent of the average U.S. household saving $14.67.
I went to a government call center/telecommuting conference about five years ago. At that time, a lot of the IRS's employees were telecommuting. Due to that, I'm surprised they still have 43 offices to close. I figured that by now they would have closed all but a handful of offices.
$14.67 doesn't sound like a lot, but suppose you could save $14.67 on everything you did? Would you do that?
The Federal Government has a lot more departments and categories of spending than I do. You don't trim the Federal budget by massive spending cuts. You do it by saving what you can, where you can. It can add up.
As Everett Dirksen would have said "40 billion here, and 40 billion there ... pretty soon you're talking real money!"
Well, saving $14.67 would be terrific, unless you had the opportunity to save $25.
This is like the Obama administration's announcement last year where it was announced they were going to get rid of some web sites.
If we're going to get serious, then let's get serious. But let's not call these "tough" decisions. They're not tough decisions.