During a House Oversight Committee hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill, Democrat and Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, came dangerously close to sounding like a small government conservative during a rant against IRS wasteful spending. The IRS spent $50 million on conferences between 2010 and 2012 and used $50,000 in taxpayer money to produce two videos. One video shows IRS employees acting as Star Trek characters and the other shows IRS employees doing the cupid shuffle. Both videos were shown at a 2010 $4.1 million conference held in Aneheim, California.
“But guess what?” Cummings asked IRS official Faris Fink, who was responsible for spending $50,000 on parody videos for a 2010 conference. “The money that was spent on that–That’s my money! That’s the lady who got the early bus this morning. That’s her money. The one who makes $35,000, her. The gentleman up the street from my who makes 45, hauling trash. That’s their money! So, it was wasted.”