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Republicans are furious about the “Cupid Shuffle.”

They accuse the IRS of wasting taxpayer dollars by teaching employees how to line dance, allegedly on company time. And GOP lawmakers say they can prove their claims: They have a video.

The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, released a video of an African American IRS employee teaching a group of IRS workers how to dance the “Cupid Shuffle.”

The IRS shot the video as a spoof at a 2010 agency conference in Anaheim, Calif. where “Down, Down, Do Your Dance” was the line dance song of choice.

“Get in line now,” one African-American IRS employee shouts to a group of IRS workers who were being taught a line dance. “Chop, chop!”

“After countless hours of hard work and one broken leg,” the moderator says in the video, “the employees end up picking up on the shuffle and have fun.”

It’s unfortunate that a black IRS employee is at the center of the video and highlighted by Republicans showing her teaching a group of black and white IRS employees how to line dance. Some radical conservatives will undoubtedly attempt to link President Barack Obama, America’s first black president, to dancing and wasteful spending.

In the future, however, it would probably behoove the government’s black employees to show some restraint and consider the consequences of these actions before videotaping this kind of behavior since they know Republicans are just waiting for any excuse to lower the hammer on Obama.

As expected, Republicans quickly seized on the video as a part of a widening probe of the IRS, which is accused of wasteful spending on conventions and training programs. A House committee said the IRS spent $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012.

Is this appropriate behavior for government employees? No.

But here’s a real outrage: Republicans are wasting time criticizing the “Cupid Shuffle” while they continue to block funding for critical programs like Head Start, that provides low-income children with health and nutritional needs; Pell Grants that help low-income students pay for college; and quality health care initiatives for Americans who can’t afford to visit a doctor.

While the president is lobbying for Congress to pass legislation that would help millions of disenfranchised Americans, Issa’s committee is fixated on the “Cupid Shuffle” and plans to feature the video in an upcoming hearing as a glaring example of how some IRS employees are wasting taxpayer money.

The release of the video comes just days before the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is prepared to release a report about the IRS targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

“Whether it is the tens of thousands of hard-earned taxpayer dollars spent to produce frivolous entertainment for agency bureaucrats, or the IRS’s own admission that it targeted the American people based on their personal beliefs, the outrage toward the IRS is only growing stronger,” Boustany said in a statement.

Obama has already taken ownership of the problem by denouncing the IRS leadership, and acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel said the upcoming report will show “an unfortunate vestige from a prior era.” Calling the expenses from the conferences “inappropriate,” Werfel said similar incidents won’t happen again.

Meanwhile, Republicans will continue to waste taxpayer-funded hearings criticizing the “Cupid Shuffle” instead of passing critical legislation that would help improve the quality of life for countless Americans who are struggling every day to make ends meet.

It’s the worst kind of hypocrisy.

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5 thoughts on “ANALYSIS: GOP Uses Taxpayer-Funded Hearings to Criticize the ‘Cupid Shuffle’

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  2. The GOP need to get off their high horse and begin passing legislation for jobs, education, etc. They have attended many golf outing and other conferences that had nothing to do with work and it was at the expense of tax payers. The GOP should had been this loud when the government went after the NAACP and some Black Pastors then I might take them seriously. The GOP main job in Washington D.C. is to go after the President on any issue in an attempt to make him looks bad. They can’t stand the fact that a Black Man is in that high POWER office. And now they are going after the Attorney General,Eric Holder. I hope the AG stand fast and do not cave in to them. The GOP are a bunch of BULLIES and the President needs to call them out on it.

  3. Here’s a headline for ya…. Obama supports abortion and “women’s rights” after studies have been conducted that 80% of women who get abortions suffer from PTSD and depression. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it. You do know that black women have the highest abortion rates, Obama knows this too. And we wonder why the black community is still struggling? Could it be Obama administration’s policies? When will you people wake up?

  4. jhuff on said:

    I dont care what the hell they do as long as it’s NOT on the TAX payer dime’ As one of the few remaining persons who pays taxes stories like this PISS me off

  5. So let’s also see what the GOP does with our money and how much of it when they conference. When they travel, when they meet. Do they really have to stay at the 5 star hotels or have personal drivers, dine at high end restaurants? I’m sure the IRS isn’t the only government group wasting tax payers dollars.

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