Tax Cheat Geithner Makes First Change At IRS: Fires Debt Collection Agents

So much for privatizing the federal government.

The Internal Revenue Service’s decision this week to quit using debt collectors to dun delinquent taxpayers was celebrated by public employee unions as a pendulum shift after watching the Bush administration often opt for private contractors over federal workers to deliver government services.

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

The IRS program was a small one, bringing in a little more than $80 million since its inception in 2006. But it represented an ideological toehold for conservatives who believe that private companies are more efficient than government agencies.

It was an ideology embraced by former President George W. Bush, who famously ā€” and unsuccessfully ā€” toyed with the idea of partially privatizing Social Security.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/2009030
7/ap_on_go_ot/irs_debt_collectors

Of course we won’t have bigger government…..At the IRS, Schulman said he expects to hire more than 1,000 workers this year to increase collections.

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