Tarry for the Nonce

February 11, 2009

The Willful Blindness of Obama Voters

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 5:32 pm

Obama’s promise:
“[I will] end the Practice of Writing Legislation Behind Closed Doors: As president, Barack Obama will restore the American people’s trust in their government by making government more open and transparent. Obama will work to reform congressional rules to require all legislative sessions, including committee mark-ups and conference committees, to be conducted in public. By making these practices public, the American people will be able to hold their leaders accountable for wasteful spending and lawmakers won’t be able to slip favors for lobbyists into bills at the last minute.”

Obama’s reality:
Republicans have caught the Democrats in a midnight “stimulus” power play that seeks to cut Republican conferees out of the House-Senate negotiations to resolve a final version of the Obama “stimulus” package. Staff members from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) met last night to put together the “stimulus” conference report.

I suppose the promised change referred to a lack of pretext to abide by campaign promises.

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2 Comments »

  1. The man has been in office for less than a month, so maybe his failure to spend that time lobbying to change Congressional rules should not be overly criticized, or bizarrely cited as evidence of the “willful blindness of Obama voters.” Are there claims of last minute favors to lobbyists slipped into the stimulus bill?

    (I am an Obama voter, who is somewhat skeptical about the stimulus bill.)

    Comment by Troy — February 13, 2009 @ 11:58 am

  2. I’m mostly chiding Obama voters for their starry-eyed naiveté that his election would help government play nice.

    Instead, it has served as a catalyst for runaway fiscal irresponsibility championed by Democrats and three idiot Republicans.

    Comment by lmwalker — February 19, 2009 @ 9:14 pm


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