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Friday Feedback: the IRS crash; 'don't ask' debated; DHS contractors

By Ed O'Keefe

Some of the best reader comments from some of the week's most popular items. Comments posted do not reflect the opinions of The Federal Eye or The Washington Post:

Regarding Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's visit to the IRS offices in Austin following last week's plane crash and comments by the daughter of the pilot...

You don't need to go to halfway across the world to find terrorists. Joe Stack was a terrorist, plain and simple, killing innocent people to make a political point. And his reason for doing it was so shallow - he didn't want to pay his taxes! If the Tea Party backs his actions, it should be considered a terrorist organization. Joe Stack: Tea Party Terrorist. -- sasmontagova
I am glad to know that with a tax evader at the head of the IRS, Americans can feel comfortable filing their taxes this year knowing if they do anything wrong they can just hope for a cabinet appointment. -- fireball72


Regarding military leaders and their comments about "don't ask, don't tell"...

I love the bureaucratic response of let's study it more. Enough already - been there done that. No problems in 25 other countries. Why is the US so backwards on this! -- seaduck2001
Tired of the excuse about now not being a good time to repeal DADT because we have a stressed military due to war and repeated deployments. Now is the perfect time. Gays and straights alike are already sharing sacrifice and dangers. We have allies in the region who allow gays to serve ... don't think much has changed since I served and I don't recall one time wondering or caring whether the British soldier on my flank was gay. Similiarly I didn't give one second of thought about whether any soldier of mine was gay --- what mattered then and what matters today is what they bring to the fight. We already know they are loyal and brave and by repealing this act we allow them to serve their country openly with pride. As for potential problems: If leaders set the example of tolerance and acceptance the soldiers will follow, perhaps reluctantly at first, but they will follow. -- army164
While I have reservations about openly gay people serving in the military, I do not want to see people minding their own business outed by a third party. That can be a way of getting revenge that is below the belt, if you'll pardon the expression. I find I must bear in mind the experience of our NATO allies, as well as Israel, which have had few,if any problems assimilating homosexuals into the armed forces. -- CharismaticPriest

Regarding news that Homeland Security has more contractors than federal employees...

Congress has only itself to blame. It encouraged "contracting out" ALL activities that were not "inherently governmental." Well, that's a lot of work, depending on how you parse the words. And it could all be fixed by adding these few words to every appropriation act. "No more than [fill in the blank] percent of the Department's full-time equivalent positions may be filled by non-Federal employees." It would save a bundle, make Government more responsive, but unfortunately it would antagonize the government contractors who donate billions of dollars to congressional coffers. So instead we have this charade of "outrage." -- gasmonkey
So...if I want to become a federal employee I should first become a contractor with DHS and wait for DHS to convert that job into a federal position. This sounds easier than going through USAJOBS, which takes forever if you ever get the job. Also, are contractors going through the lengthy security check? -- kartis31

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 26, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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