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IRS spends $60,000 to make the worst Star Trek episode ever
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If you’re burdened with an almost limitless stream of confiscated taxpayer dollars, there’s only one thing to do. Throw a big party, call it a “conference,” and tell the public that it’s going to boast a wide variety of “training seminars.” At least, that’s what you do if you’re the IRS.
In 2010, they put together a “training and leadership conference” which would kick off with a deeply informative, IRS-made, Star Trek parody. Allegedly it was designed to teach the attendees….well….something. No one is sure what, exactly, they were supposed to learn.
The clip, along with a brief Gilligan’s Island parody, cost sixty thousand dollars to produce, stars actual IRS agents, and was filmed at an IRS studio in New Carrollton, Md. - Just outside of Washington D.C.
It seems an intrepid band of IRS goons have taken a starship to the planet “NoTax” and are intent upon repairing the imploding civilization. Yes, your Internal Revenue Service has decided that taxing the bejeezus out of our own planet isn’t enough. They need to spread their pro-taxation ideology across the universe.
As one crewmember says “The NoTaxions lack of skilled tax leaders has resulted in a case of confusion.” As a result, anarchy has spread across the planet. Fortunately, the IRS - which has made sure there is absolutely no confusion about the tax code here on Earth - has arrived to save the day.
It is, to be blunt, absolutely god-awful.
Who knows what the goal was, but you can be sure that this video taught the viewers at least two things:
1. An appreciation for the terrible acting found in actual Star Trek episodes
2. The IRS is just as wasteful and over-funded as most other government agencies.
Here’s the clip which dares you to ask the question: What’s worse, the waste, or the fact that IRS agents daydream about taxing extra-terrestrial civilizations into submission?
Maybe the saddest thing is that this was made in 2010. Kids in their basements are churning out better effects on their laptops, using no money whatsoever. So, not only is this wasteful, it’s also inept…