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Friday, February 13, 2009

Quick Someone Get a Dictionary; Show Dems the Definition of "Transparency"

SURPRISE! Dems Break Promise: Stimulus Bill to Floor Friday
by Connie Hair
Posted 02/12/2009 ET
Updated 02/12/2009 ET

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.

The following statement was released by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer at 4:57 p.m.:

"The House is scheduled to meet at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and is expected to proceed directly to consideration of the American Recovery and Reinvestment conference report. The conference report text will be filed this evening, giving members enough time to review the conference report before voting on it tomorrow afternoon."

Meanwhile, at an earlier presser Thursday, Pelosi -- while talking about legislation regarding school construction funds -- said it was vital to see the language of a bill before making decisions. had the following quote:

"With all of this you have to see the language. You said this --- I said that --- I understood it to be this way --- you know, we wanted to see it in writing and when we did that then we were able to go forward."

"Around here language means a lot. Words weigh a ton and one person's understanding of a spoken description might vary from another's. We wanted to see it. And not only just I had to see it, I had to show it to my colleagues and my caucus. We wanted to take all the time that was necessary to make sure it was right."

Congressional members are also exchanging barbs via the popular social network Twitter. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) twittered, "Don't know when we're going to vote. Will the no votes delay vote just because they can? Speed is important. They know that."

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) twittered back, "Those in favor of speed over commonsense may just be afraid of letting the People know what they are ramming through."


True to His Word?

President Obama has twice violated one of his campaign pledges about transparency. Wednesday he signed into law the State Children's Health and Insurance Program — or S-CHIP— three hours after the house approved the bill. Last week he signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act two days after it was approved and that bill was not posted on the White House Web site until after he signed it.

But the Obama campaign Web site states, "As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the white house website for five days."
White House spokesman Tommy Vietor indicated to the Saint Petersburg Times, that the process is still being worked out. "The White House has posted legislation expected to come to the president's desk online for comment. We will be implementing this policy in full soon."


My Thoughts

The Obama Administration promised numerous times to be open with American people and have transparency be a priority in his administration. However, Obama and the Democrats don't seem to be pracitising what they preach. They promised every one of us that we would be able peruse the massive "spendulus" bill 48 hours before it was voted on. Guess what? They lied.

Obama promised us a new era of transparency. However, he has routinely left the public out of the loop on his actions until it is already too late for us to voice our opposition, if we have any.

What are the Democrats trying to hide? What are they afraid of? Could it be that there is so much pork in there that it would stink up the Congress with the smell of government waste? Are they afraid that if we knew everything that they are doing, we would revolt against Democratic rule by voting them out in 2010 and 2012?

They don't want the people to know how poorly they are spending the people's hard earned money.

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