Part of President Obama’s appeal during the election was his call for a new era of transparency, of shaking up the way things are done in Washington.
But when you look at how his stimulus bill is moving through Congress, it sounds a whole lot like the way “old” Washington operated.
Late last night, the stimulus plan – all one-thousand seventy-one pages of it – was posted on a congressional web site. This gave lawmakers only a few hours to read it before voting. No one can read a thousand page document written by lawyers in just a few hours.
So the House passed the bill without having read it and the Senate is expected to do the same thing shortly. Almost $800 billion and nobody in Congress knows what’s in there. That ought to help you to sleep well tonight.
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