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We Won't Tell, Promise

8:31 AM, Jul 25, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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If you are a U.S. senator and have a cool idea about taxes but are worried to speak it aloud for fear some of your constituents will peel your hide off in small strips ... well, there is hope.  A couple of your colleagues have come up with a plan.

As Bernie Becker at the Hill writes:

The Senate’s top tax writers [Senators Baucus and Hatch] have promised their colleagues 50 years worth of secrecy in exchange for suggestions on what deductions and credits to preserve in tax reform.

And that:

... any submission they receive will be kept under lock and key by the committee and the National Archives until the end of 2064.

It is probably a little rude to point out that this comes at a time when some of the most secret of all Washington secrets – the NSA's collection of metadata – has just been revealed to the entire world by a guy who at last report was in Moscow.  But, then, Mr. Snowden was one of many thousands, if not millions, who hold security clearances.  So:

... Senate’s top tax writers have said only certain staff members — 10 in all — will get direct access to a senator’s written suggestions. Each submission will also be given its own ID number and be kept on password-protected servers, with printed versions kept in locked safes.

Interesting number, that 10.  Could it have been decided upon because Jesus had twelve and one of them was a leaker?

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