In the outtakes from a three-minute video of IRS employees learning a line dance to singer Cupid’s “Cupid Shuffle” in preparation for a 2010 agency conference, one of the employees, whose name has been redacted, says:
“Remember, they’re not professionals. Thank God they don’t earn their living this way.”
House Republicans would agree that IRS employees’ dancing in a video shouldn’t be part of their job, reports Politico
. Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, R-La., called the video “frivolous entertainment for agency bureaucrats.”
Boustany mentioned “tens of thousands” of wasted dollars, though the Associated Press reported
the line-dancing video cost about $1,600. It was two other videos, parodies of “Star Trek” and “Gilligan’s Island,” that cost a combined $60,000.
The grumbling about the cost of the line-dancing video is the latest in a barrage of criticism against the agency, which has been slammed in recent weeks for scrutinizing Tea Party groups
Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel said large meetings—such as the 2010 conference in Anaheim, Calif., for which this video was made—haven’t occurred since and that travel and training expenses have dropped by 80 percent in that time.
However, employee videos, particularly those that have musical elements, can do a lot to boost morale and get employees motivated. Providence St. Vincent Medical Center’s “Pink Glove” video, for example, went viral and became a sensation
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What do you think? Is the video a waste? Should the employees have prancercized