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Taxpayers Fund Private and Public Porn

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If bureaucrats are not watching porn on government computers during office hours, they are funding public exhibitions of others' privates using taxpayer subsidies to arts groups.

The common theme for both is perversion through the public purse.

Public service porn peepers have been caught at the Bureau of Public Debt, Securities and Exchange Commission, Bureau of Fiscal Service, General Services Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Postal Service, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Science Foundation, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce Department, and the Pentagon.

The Washington Times reports that in one instance coworkers were dismayed at unusual noises in the office. This would not have been out of the ordinary if it were an IRS auditor’s office or Lois Learner’s chamber of horrors. Taxpayers are frequently brought to their knees there.

But this office was in the Bureau of Public Debt where the only sound was supposed to be the soft rustle of IOUs bound for China.

According to records obtained by the Times, this employee violated voyeurism rules by watching porn “on his government computer 13,224 times during a 14month span.”

I suppose taxpayers are fortunate he didn’t apply for a carpel tunnel disability.

A U.S. Mint employee surfed porn sites for up to three hours a day, yet he’s still collecting a government paycheck. It took 10 years of daily porn viewing for a Nebraska postmaster to be finally fired. And another Environmental Protection Agency worker — making nearly $138,000 a year — had 7,000 pornographic images on his computer and the Times reports he was watching porn when the investigator arrived to interview him.

It is difficult to put an exact figure on the misuse of taxpayer equipment and the outlay for fraudulent time sheets, but since 30 percent of the investigations for computer misuse are porn-related, the numbers are easily in the millions.

A friend of mine contends that porn watching on the government dime it not all bad. Sure it’s a waste of money, but on the bright side while they are busy destroying their life with a porn addiction, these government busybodies cannot be busy destroying our life with more federal interference.

That is too close to blackmail for me.

Public service shouldn’t mean you are allowed to service your privates on government time. It should mean public employees are held accountable to the public for their behavior. And taxpayers have a right to be informed of any misbehavior, including names and faces. If these people want to maintain their privacy, then work in the private sector.

If we can see Lindsay Lohan’s mug shot, we should know Mr. Public Debt’s name.

The fact that never happens is additional proof government is a conspiracy against the taxpayer.

For example, FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield said only, "that the agency follows Office of Personnel Management guidelines on disciplinary matters and officials could not comment on specific cases.” And "Treasury Department officials declined to detail the punishments meted out to the offenders but said in a statement to The Times that the overwhelming majority of the department's more than 100,000 employees 'adhere to our strong ethics policy.'"

While the agencies listed above focus on internal porn perusal, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) devotes its time to the external effort. Last fiscal year the NEA gave $845,000 to 39 different film festivals and is currently scheduled to give even more next year. The mediocrities at the NEA claim these taxpayer subsidized events are outstanding examples of the filmmaker’s art and give the American public the chance to “experience and participate in the arts.”

The truth is many of the movies are simply vile and appeal to a subset of the public too depraved and too small to support the product commercially. So they pressure federal bureaucrats that would rather give your money to display “’Wawd Ahp' . . . a film in which a rapper decapitates himself, then has sex with his own severed head in a bathtub”, than be falsely accused of engaging in censorship.

Then there is “Farah Goes Bang” about a pitiful girl’s attempt to have her first sexual experience during the Kerry Campaign in 2004. Possibly becoming the only groupie in history desperate enough to attach herself to a Kerry effort.

One of the festival intellectuals claims the tax dollars, “Let the filmmakers be free, and we at the theater will take on the responsibility for our audience.”

Fine, as long as you take responsibility for the funding, too.

Congress could put a stop to both these outrages by ending funding for the NEA and requiring federal agencies to make public the name and offense of anyone fired for cause or suspended for over 14 days. But don’t hold your breath, congressional offices have computers and bored employees, too.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher (for the League of American Voters), and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.


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