Whatever might they have had in mind?


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alan
December 7, 2004, 01:36 PM
The above question is particularly germane respecting the House passed version of this 1400 page, Omnibus Finance Bill, intended to fund the federal government till October 2005. Particularly interesting is the inclusion, seemingly a secretive inclusion, of a clause or section that allows certain Committee Chairman and or their delegated staffers to view individual federal income tax returns. Remember if you will, that these documents are supposedly held confidential and are not to be bandied about for god knows what reasons.

While the inclusion was seemingly one of those "in the dead of night deals", something accomplished by an unnamed congressional staffer, this one working for Congressman Istok of Oklahoma, one suspects that this particular staffer, whose name has so far not been released, will serve as a convenient sacrifical lamb, a target balloon, at which many can shoot, while covering the posteriors of those really responsible for this outrage. By the way, "outrage" is about the mildest description that I can imagine for this stunt.

Anyhow, while I do hope that congressional offices throughout the country disappear beneath a pile of angry faxes, e-mails and telephone messages, I also realize that given the nature of people in general, that that is not going to happen. Perhaps though, enough people will take the opportunity presented to raise unmitigated hell with their elected things.

E-mail addresses for Members of The Congress can be found at www.house.gov, or if one would rather use the telephone, the following is a toll free number for Capitol Switchboard. 1-800-839-5276. I used it a few minutes ago. The ladies and or gentlemen there will connect callers with any congressional offices they might wish to speak with. A caller is not likely to get to speak with a Member of The Congress, but I rather suspect that a tally of calls is kept, and will be looked at. The rest is, as usual, up to the citizenry.

By the bye, speaking of unnamed congressional staffers, and the wonderful dreams that they might dream, dreams what somehow become obscure clauses or sections of Omnibus Legislation, what might happen were it to be that one of these staffers turned out to be virulently ANTI GUN? It could so be. What sort of obscure, little noticed paragraph might such creatures manage to somehow inject into major, must pass legislation. Now then, that is something to think about, isn't it?

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