A Bureaucracy of Dunces

  • Aired:  04/30/14
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In a bureaucratic twist, a reported 1% of IRS employees have their own back taxes to pay. (3:43)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILYSHOW".

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WE GOT A GOOD ONE FOR YOU

TONIGHT. TONIGHT'S GUESTS, OHYOU'RE GOING TO ENJOY THIS.

MARTIN GILENs AND BENJAMIN PAGETHEY ARE THE

AUTHORS OF A NEW ACADEMIC STUDYTESTING THEORIES OF AMERICAN

POLITICS, ELITES, INTERESTGROUPS AND AVERAGE CITIZENS.

IF YOU READ BUT ONEEMPIRICALLY BASED,

POST-SURVEY QUANTITIVEMULTIVARIED ANALYSIS OF --

[LAUGHTER]YOU SHOULD, AH (bleep) IT, LET'S

JUST TALK ABOUT NET NEUTRALITY.

[ LAUGHTER ]BUT FIRST, THOSE OF US WHO WHILE

WATCHING CONGRESS CONTINUE TO BEUNABLE TO BRING EVEN AN INCREASE

IN THE MINIMUM WAGE TO A FLOATSTILL BELIEVE IN GOVERNMENT'S

ABILITY TO EARN PEOPLE'S TRUST.

THIS NEXT SEGMENT, PROBABLY NOTFOR YOU.

[LAUGHTER]A PERFORMANCE REVIEW WE CALL

U.S. GOVERNMENT, YOU MUST CHECKYOURSELF VIS A VIS YOUR ETHICAL

OR OTHERWISE COMPETENCY-BASEDPERFORMANCE ISSUES

PURSUANT TO THE REQUISITEFEDERAL BYLAWS AND

POPULAR INTERESTS, ORIT BECOMES ENTIRELY

POSSIBLE THAT YOU MAY WRECKYOURSELF.

BEFORE THEY BEGIN THE REVIEW LETME JUST GET OUT MY CLIPBOARD AND

MY (bleep) PENCIL.

[ LAUGHTER ][LAUGHTER]

[LAUGHTER](bleep).

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S BEGIN.

IT'S REALLY JUST A PROP.

WE'LL BEGIN WITH THE INTERNALREVENUE SERVICE.

IRS IF YOU ARE NASTY.

FIRST, SOME GOOD NEWS.

REMEMBER WHEN WE SUSPECTED THEIRS OF UNFAIRLY TARGETING

CONSERVATIVE GROUPS.

TURNS OUT THEY WERE ALSOTARGETING PROGRESSIVE GROUPS, SO

OOPS.

KEEP UP THE TARGETING. ALTHOUGH,

THERE'S ONE AREA WHERE THE IRSMIGHT WANT TO IMPROVE.

>> A REPORTED 1% OF THE IRS WORKFORCE OWES BACK TAXES TO THE

IRS.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> Jon: IT'S LIKE RAIN ON YOUR

WEDDING -- IT'S A FREE RIDE WHENYOU ON -- DON'T LIKE RIDES.

[ LAUGHTER ]BY THE WAY YOU WERE SAYING, THE

PEOPLE AT THE PAY US YOUR TAXESPLACE DON'T PAY THEIR TAXES.

>> IT'S QUITE LOW WHEN YOUCONSIDER THAT 8% OF THE GENERAL

PUBLIC OWES BACK TAXES TO THEFEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

>> Jon: AH YES, BUT IT'S QUITE

HIGH WHEN YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNTIT'S THE IRS.

IT'S LIKE SAYING WELL ONLY 1% OFTHE WORKERS AT THE CENTERS FOR

DISEASE CONTROL ARE SPREADINGDISEASE.

[ LAUGHTER ]MOST OF THEM ARE NOT OPENING

VIALS OF SMALL POX ON CROWDEDSUBWAYS AT ALL.

I GUESS THE ONLY WAY TO FIX THISPROBLEM IS TO HIRE ANOTHER IRS

PERHAPS TO POLICE THEM.

AN IIRS.

PERHAPS WE NEED AN IIIRS AND ANIVRS.

[ LAUGHTER ]PRETTY SOON WE'RE ALL JUST PART

OF A NESTING DOLL OF OVERSIGHT,PARANOIA AND SUSPICIOUS, EACH OF

US INVESTIGATING THE NEXT TOINFINITY UNTIL IT TURNS OUTWE'VE

REALLY JUST BEEN INVESTIGATINGOURSELVES THE WHOLE TIME.

♪ [LAUGHTER]

AND MAYBE THEN WE REALIZE RIGHTAND WRONG ARE JUST TWO SIDES OF

THE SAME COIN WE CALL THEUNIVERSE OR DID I JUST BLOW YOURMIND?

[LAUGHTER]YEAH, PROBABLY NOT.

YOU KNOW, CAN I ALWAYS DO THAT,BY THE WAY.

[ LAUGHTER ]ALWAYS A CAMERA WITH A

PSYCHEDELIC BACKGROUND.

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