When I spotted this on Saturday I thought it might be a spoof. It isn’t.
Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee are trying to tackle the explosive issue of tax reform by offering an extraordinary guarantee of 50 years of anonymity to lawmakers skittish about publicly presenting candid views on which tax credits and deductions deserve to be dropped or altered in a new code. The fear is palpable among senators that disclosing even their thoughts on the subject could damage careers if power lobbyists and angry constituents were to get early wind via Washington’s relentless leak machine. — NYTimes
Senators are SO SCARED of corporate lobbyists — whose ranks they look forward to joining once they retire from Congress to earn some REAL money — that the only way they’ll deal with even DISCUSSING the elimination of insane and unfair tax breaks is if they’re given an iron-clad guarantee of anonymity, and speak to one another through the Cone of Silence.
Now that’s courage. That’s leadership.