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Monday, November 13, 2006

Transparency in government... not

Here's a great one, from USA Today.

The Republican Congress passed a new rule in 2006 that would identify which congressman added each "pork" spending earmark to a budget bill.

... the rule exempts the 2007 spending bill (the bill being worked on when the rule was passed)

...and the rule expires at the end of the year!

So the Republicans made a rule that is in effect only for the 2007 budget, which exempts the 2007 budget from the bill... they made a rule that did NOTHING WHATSOEVER!!

Isn't that the epitome of politics? They wrote a bill that would allow them to crow about how it increased transparency of government, which actually doesn't do anything at all. You gotta admire that.


Blogger Franklin Jefferson said...

The phrase "buyers remorse" came up with respect to the recent election. In fact, I think that 2006 was a vicious case of buyer's remorse for the 2004 election.

In 2004, apparently many Republican voters still thought that the current crew of politicians had some vague adherence to Republican party principles. By 2006, it was pretty clear that they had pretty much completely abandoned such core Republican principles as "small government" and "fiscal restraint".

...with some luck, the 2007 Congress will have some gridlock with the president, and we'll get some relief from government excess that we've had the last few years.

11/13/2006 11:55 AM  

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