BAK TAG! Will Acting IRS Commissioner Live Long And Prosper In His Current Position After Making Star Trek Fan Films?
Okay I admit, I’ve gone to my fair share of comic book conventions. These conventions are filled with hordes of Star Trek fan films. In addition to fan made costumes and art. If you’re lucky you will also get to see a robot tag team wrestling match between the mighty robots of Battlestar Galactica and the gay robots of Star Wars.
In addition, organizers will let fan show their made Star Trek fan films and are usually made by fanatical fans. Some of these videos have higher production values than others. Some videos are produced by people in their basements or garages.
Critics Are Giving The IRS A Thumbs-Down To Their Star Trek Fan Films
Some Star Trek fan films have better production values and are made for a tenth of the $60,000 the IRS spent in 2010 to make this video.
It appears the IRS production team took 1950’s B-movie Director Ed Wood’s argument of “Suspension of Disbelief” a little too serious.
The IRS uses a spaceship shaped like the IRS building. The Enterprise-Y is orbiting the planet “Notax.”
Ron Paul groupies must run the government on Planet Notax because no one pays taxes. Planet Notax has no tax structure and the crew finds this puzzling.
The Captain sends down a landing party to investigate in typical Star Trek fashion. Yet, somehow a planet with no tax regulations is full of tax cheats. The landing party reports that anonymous Do-Gooders and their knowledge of Twitter rat out the tax cheats.
Every member of the landing party reports in except Ensign Ricky. The crew abandons Ensign Ricky. They fear he may have been beaten up and left for dead. It appears Ricky was last seen being chased down Ayn Rand Boulevard by a marauding horde of Libertarian thugs.
Congress Calls The Star Trek Fan Films A Waste Of Taxpayer Money
The horrible production values would make even Ed Wood cringe. Yet, that wasn’t what infuriated Congressman Charles Boustany (R-LA). Boustany is also the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee. He called the video a frivolous waste of taxpayer money:
There is nothing more infuriating to a taxpayer than to find out the government is using their hard-earned dollars in a way that is frivolous. The IRS admitted as much when it disclosed that it no longer produces such videos.
The IRS also produced videos with a Gilligan’s Island theme. The committee reviewed both the Star Trek and Gilligan’s Island videos. Committee members felt the Gilligan’s Island video contained legitimate training value and voted to keep the Gilligan’s Island video private.
According to the political website, The Hill:
The IRS said the “Gilligan’s Island” video trained 1,900 employees at the agency’s 400 Taxpayer Assistance Centers, which saved about $1.5 million as compared to the price it would take to train the employees in person.
I can only imagine what the IRS version of Ginger or Maryanne look like.