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.
... 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?