What is "Cloak of Deception"? I've never heard of it. And yes, if Palpatine and Queen Amidala were proponents of the tax/tax reform, that would certainly explain why the Trade Federation chose to pick on Naboo. Of course, Darth Sidious would urge them on because the more the Trade Fed guys did, the more of a sympathy vote Palpatine would get. Although that assumes that the tax/tax reform movement was a populist movement which Palpatine used to make himself more popular. Especially since Chancellor Valorum's power had apparently been eroded by charges of corruption and kowtowing to the special interest groups. If Valorum was a relatively weak chancellor who didn't stand up to the special interest groups who were oppressing people, that would explain a lot about his fall. If the Trade Fed guys were risking losing their trade franchise because of Naboo spearheading the reform, that's a hell of a reason for them to go along with Sidious's suggestions. Of course the beauty of Palpatine positioning himself as a reformer (while simultaneously playing the other side as Darth Sidiuos) is that he can make all kinds of reforming laws, which have the side-effect of increasing the Chancellor's power and putting the bureaucracy under his control. And then one day the whole galaxy is in his hands, and everybody's confused because he's one of hte good guys, he's not supposed to take advantage of his power.