Tuesday, October 06, 2009

We Don't Need Transparency

That would stop the government from doing shady things. Congressional leaders fight against posting bills online | Washington Examiner (Just to be clear... it's the Democratic leadership today, but the Republicans did the same thing when they were in power.)
At town hall meetings across the country this past summer, the main topic was health care, but there was a strong undercurrent of anger over the way Congress rushed through passage of the stimulus, global warming and bank bailout bills without seeming to understand the consequences. The stimulus bill, for example, was 1,100 pages long and made available to Congress and the public just 13 hours before lawmakers voted on it. The bill has failed to provide the promised help to the job market, and there was outrage when it was discovered that the legislation included an amendment allowing American International Group, a bailout recipient, to give out millions in employee bonuses.
As I said, this is not a Democratic issue, it is a Washington politician issue.
the Democratic leadership is unwilling to cede control over when bills are brought to the floor for votes and are discouraging their rank and file from signing the petition. Senate Democrats voted down a similar measure last week for the health care bill.

The reluctance to implement a three-day rule is not unique to the Democrats.

The Republican majority rushed through the controversial Patriot Act in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as well as a massive Medicare prescription drug bill in 2003 that added hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit.
The reason? If people knew what was in the bills, few would pass. That and they spend so much time on junk, it is a crime.

Do you think the system will get fixed? I don't. Washington will continue to spend money it doesn't have, pass laws with lots of "unintended consequences" because actually thinking, actually exercising judgment doesn't win reelection.

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