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Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Internal Revenue Service is at it again. Never mind the “sequester,” never mind the scandal of targeting conservatives, the IRS is plowing ahead with paying agents and supervisors $70 million in bonuses. And here's the real kicker — the bonuses are mandated by the IRS' collective bargaining agreement with its union. From one corrupt criminal enterprise to another, eh? ... But wait, it's far worse than just that. Americans for Limited Government, through a Freedom of Information request, discovered that the government's collective bargaining agreement allows 201 IRS employees to work full time on union activities. And our “leaders” wonder why the public views government with less regard than an overflowing sewer on a 100-degree day. ... The Government Accountability Office says the planned merger of American Airlines and US Airways will, in fact, reduce competition. While a new competitor will be created on 210 routes affecting 17.5 million passengers, nearly 1,700 routes will lose one competitor affecting more than 53 million passengers. So, on net, this merger will see less competition on 1,490 routes affecting 35.5 million passengers. Why, again, is this such a good deal for the traveling public? ... Should the merger go through, look next for Doug Parker, the US Airways boss who will head the new American, to shaft Pittsburgh again by closing the local flight operations center that taxpayers helped to underwrite. Once a shaft-delivery expert, always a shaft-delivery expert.

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