Saturday, August 19, 2006

IRS hires debt collectors

Has it ever seemed to you that the Republicans running things in Washington are systematically trying to dismantle as much of the government as possible? Here's the latest sign. The Internal Revenue Service is going to start using private bill collectors to chase down many of the debts that its own agents used to pursue. Never mind that the IRS can do this work at less cost. Congress, according to today's report in the New York Times, has declined to let IRS have the necessary staff.

As the Times points out, such privatization is often defended as saving money for taxpayers. That isn't the case here. Clearly, the name of the game is fomenting private profits.

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