Friday the 13th, an eerily appropriate day for an absolute nightmare
At the end of a miserable week for America, a week which saw Democrats acting like Democrats at the expense of freedom, of currency value, and of the future for our children’s children, why should today be any different?
From Human Events:
SURPRISE! Dems Break Promise: Stimulus Bill to Floor Friday
By Connie Hair
In a press conference Thursday, the House Republican leadership spoke candidly about being kept out of the House-Senate conference on the Obama-Pelosi-Reid so-called “economic stimulus” bill. They confirmed they had not yet seen the text of the bill as of 4 p.m.
Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he was unsure how many Democrats would vote with Republicans again on this bill but that he thought Republicans “may get a few” Democrats to side with them. The fact that the Demos have now broken their promise to have the public able to see the bill for 48 hours may drive more Dems into the Republican camp.
“[I] don’t know, ‘cause they haven’t seen the bill either,” Boehner said.
“The American people have a right to know what’s in this bill,” Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind) told HUMAN EVENTS after the press conference. “Every member of Congress — Republicans and Democrats — voted to post this bill on the internet for 48 hours, 48 hours ago. We’ll see if the Democrats keep their word.”
Actually — as of 5:15 pm, the Democrats had broken their word. The stimulus bill — which we still haven’t seen — will be released late tonight and will be brought up on the House floor at 9 am tomorrow.
Read the whole piece, if you get the chance. Apparently, the Democrats finally did make the full details of the 1,071-page bill available at approximately 11:00 p.m. last night, though there were even some issues with the delayed release besides even the fact that it was delayed — apparently, the bill was made available to lobbyists before it was made available to lawmakers and, when it was finally made available, unlike with other such legislation it was released in PDF format so as to render any keyword searches for content impossible.
One senator predicts that none of his colleagues will have the chance to read the bill before voting, another congressman says that “[r]egardless of party, we all cast our votes with one hand and crossed our fingers with the other.”
So much for transparency. So much for responsibility. I’m with Rep. Eric Cantor when he says that “[t]hose in favor of speed over common sense may just be afraid of letting the People know what they are ramming through.” This bill, appropriately enough on today, Friday the 13th, is an absolute nightmare.
All that’s missing from Congress on this day? Hockey masks, and a collection of large, bloody knives.
Forget, for a moment, the loads of pork in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Forget that many economists are saying that, no, the “stimulus” package will not be stimulative. Forget even that much of the reason for the rush is that Nancy Pelosi has travel plans.
Already, we’re seeing a dangerous pattern of broken promises. The Human Events piece mentions that the Democrats have broken their promise to make this legislation available to the public for a full 48 hours before action is taken, but we also forget that President Obama’s transition Web site promised that the days of writing legislation behind closed doors–he specifically mentioned reconciliation conferences such as the one held on Thursday … behind closed doors–and that Obama himself promised several times during his campaign that legislation would be posted online for five full days before being signed, another promise which looks as though it will be broken.
Now that’s “Change We Can Believe In!”
- Democratic Senator Predicts None of His Colleagues ‘Will Have the Chance’ to Read Final Stimulus Bill Before Vote (CNS News)
- Pelosi Hastens Vote to Make Flight for Eight-Day European Tour (Drudge Report)
- Will the Stimulus Actually Stimulate? Economists Say No (McClatchy)
- Michelle Malkin: The ‘Tiny’ Trillion-Dollar Turbaconducken You Don’t Care About (Townhall)