Kevin Brady, subtle humorist….

Am I the only one to detect a playful sense of irony in the words of Kevin Brady, R-Texas, Chairman of the US House Ways and Means Committee? On the day that the House decided to summarily do away with our online privacy, he pontificated in the wake of a vote where House Republicans blocked an attempt by Democrats to get a look at Trump’s tax returns.

Here is the direct quote: ” Civil liberties and privacy are still rights worth protecting, and I intend to protect them.”

Hmmm…. Trump’s tax returns have been jealously protected from view, although presidents have for decades made their tax returns public. Although Kevin Brady asserts that Donald Trump is the victim here – “no single individual has ever been targeted in such a manner” – it is increasingly difficult to believe that Trump is acting on principle. His tax returns might reveal financial vulnerabilities that would make him a target for influence peddling or blackmail from Russia or other powers.

If you find yourself quoting Orwell’s “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”, give humble thanks to Kevin Brady. He and his fellow Republicans are actively contributing to a system where the wealthy have rights that ordinary folks see taken away. It is up to us to defend those rights.

So, Kevin Brady – Texas humorist or clueless shill of the Trumpistas? You decide….

Marie-Anne wrote this post when she was particularly incensed. She is solely responsible for content.

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