by D. Cupples | Sen. Byron Dorgan called the IRS's debt-collection program a "hood ornament for incompetence." Maybe. Or maybe it was an intentionally wasteful funneling of our tax dollars to private contractors that make healthy donations to politicians. The Washington Post reports:
"The Internal Revenue Service expects to lose more than $37 million by using private debt collectors to pursue tax scofflaws through a program that has outraged consumers and led to charges on Capitol Hill that the agency is wasting money for work that IRS agents could do more effectively."