This Space for Rent

The values party in action.

Here's a little sneakily added bylaw to the big omnibus spending bill the Evil Party is trying to pass: «Hereinafter, notwithstanding any other provision of law governing the disclosure of income tax returns or return information, upon written request of the Chairman of the House or Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service shall allow agents designated by such Chairman access to Internal Revenue Service facilities and any tax returns or return information contained therein.»

I'd love to hear the excuse for this whopping big authorization for pilfering records. I suspect I know the reason why they tried to do this, but I'd prefer to hear the excuses directly from the Evil Party.

(from Josh Marshall)