Government-watchers have long said that going after waste, fraud and abuse in government would make a negligible contribution to reducing a nearly $17 trillion national debt and is therefore not worth going after.
Given what they're hearing about the Internal Revenue Service, Americans are not going to believe that now. They are likely to insist that the government slash its spending before it cuts theirs.
It's not just that political operatives inside the IRS engaged in selective harassment of conservative Americans to suppress spending before an election.
* The IRS spent more than $50 million on more than 200 employee conferences from 2010 to 2012.
* About 2,600 IRS managers were included in a $4 million taxpaid get-together in Anaheim, Calif., in 2010.
The $60,000 video of IRS employees learning the "Cupid shuffle" line dance is enough to curl the national lip.
* Then there's the National Treasury Employees Union. Jeffrey Lord of The American Spectator calls it a "left-wing union," and says it represents 150,000 employees in 31 agencies, including the IRS.
The NTEU endorsed President Obama, and about 94 percent of its political contributions went to Democrats in 2012 - $391,062 for Democrats running for House seats ($23,000 to Republicans); and $156,750 to Democratic Senate hopefuls ($1,000 to Republicans).