A few days ago we ended a post with the suggestion that Indianapolis had become a microcosm of Washington D.C.. Little did we know how miserably correct we might have been.
A new report is circulating about the possibility of a local official being fired for embezzlement of funds to the tune of nearly $100,000. It has also been alleged that he was given a sizeable severance check.
We bring it up because the organization involved is the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC). The organization is partially funded with taxpayer dollars.
This follows by only a few days the information that huge numbers of employees of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), who are tax delinquents personally, have been given significant cash bonuses and/or paid time off.
What’s going on here? An individual, allegedly fired for criminal activity, is given severance pay. And people who are, 1, putting the arm on us for taxes owed, and 2, responsible for enforcing tax penalties under Obamacare, receive a bonus for criminal action which would get each of us a spell in the pokey.
All of which is hung on the taxpayer’s tab!
Frankly, we have wondered for some time about the very existence of both GIPC and Indianapolis Downtown Inc. (IDI). Both organizations are parasites on tax revenues.
Having spent a few years on the staffs of three different chamber of commerce operations, we question why these other groups even exist. Both seem to be doing exactly the kind of things for which a chamber is specifically brought into being.
Under current policies, downtown Indy still would look like a cornfield, had Mr. Lilly, Mr. Block and Mr. Wasson all waited for the subsidies which currently are so "necessary" for economic expansion.
Operating within the present aura, we suppose it is should be expected that the chamber - and other parallel organizations - would adopt like philosophies. Don't risk your own money. The taxpayer has your back!