Here is something to piss everybody off regardless of political affiliation. Via the stellar Talking Points it appears that an attempt was made to insert a special provision into the big end of the year tax bill which allows the Chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees or their staff to review any American's tax return with no restrictions whatsoever. That means these members of Congress can read anybody's tax returns any time they want to. Some Dems caught the measure and it was quickly dropped. This kind of crap goes on all the time. Congress has to pass a budget, so people try and put all kinds of crap in at the last minute. The villain in this case is one Rep. Ernest Istook of Oklahoma. The good news is that he was foiled. But Talking Points will make some people squirm before this is dropped.