IRS Ponzi Scheme Deductions

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So apparently the IRS is now allowing people to deduct more of their losses in Ponzi schemes:

Obviously this is a reaction to Madoff, but it makes me wonder why there wasn't such a deduction before.  If I've had my life's savings stolen I'd think it would be nice if I could at least get a deduction for that.  I made 1 million this year before it was all stolen, so in addition to having nothing, I need to pay taxes on a million dollars?