November 21, 2004

Oops - Did We Really Pass That?

I have very little analysis of this story, I just wanted to call attention to it.

Congress debated legislation Saturday giving two committee chairman and their assistants access to income tax returns without regard to privacy protections, but not before red-faced Republicans said it was all a mistake and would be swiftly repealed.

In other words, opening the door to the misuse of tax documents in the pursuit of one’s political enemies.

Libertarians, enjoy. Big government conservatism is here to stay, and it “likes to watch.”

The Republicans who snuck this into the tax bill at the last minute are saying it was some sort of mistake. Perhaps the mistake is that someone noticed it.

Some Democrats didn’t accept the assertion that the provision was a mistake and demanded an investigation.

“We weren’t born yesterday, we didn’t come down with the first snow,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. “This isn’t poorly thought out, this was very deliberately thought out and it was done in the dead of night.”

I’m with her. How does something like this get written and inserted by mistake? Laws do not write themselves.

Young and Stevens have pledged not to take advantage of this new ability to peek into the financial undergarments of the American people. Of course, there will be new chairs in January as a result of the election.

Posted by James at November 21, 2004 12:55 PM
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