Thursday, July 16, 2009

Legislation with Public Hearings Thing of Past

Legislation is no longer done for all to see. It is back-room politics designed to be secretive and deceptive. Consider the latest BIG ones:

-- Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the associated results from the US Budget Watch and the NY Times $700B tracking site.
-- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), aka Stimulus Package, and its surprise inclusions.
-- The American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) with text HERE and pro-commentary HERE and anti-commentary HERE.
-- Health Bill requiring huge taxes on the wealthiest Americans (where's the wealthy cut-off?), will be full of pork and earmarks like parks, paths and jungle gyms.

People complain about rising health care costs but the health care we have available is nothing like it was 50 years ago or 20 years ago. Should we stop encouraging innovation? This latest program will do just that. It takes funds to develop, test and deploy. Where's that to come from?

We don't have the money! We are allowing our reps to bankrupt this nation all in the name of progress, and don't forget hope and change.

Our government has gone Chavismo. Budget be damned "we are doing every big government program we could only achieve in our wildest dreams." Liberalism is a mental disease because what the Democratic Congress has done this year is insane.

I keep reading and hearing that the "recession is just temporary, they always are; the economy will come back." Okay. But what is going to make it come back? These new policies are bankruptcy policies. They are insane. What makes it worse is that they are conceived and approved in secret.

This health care bill will be 1000 pages, no one will have read it in its entirety. It'll get passed. We'll be forced to live with it for a long time. Costs will be enormous and care quality diminished.

Too bad they cannot add a clause that makes all of the Congressional Reps who voted for it to live with the same health care they will force upon the masses.

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