Stimulus Bill: Isn’t Obama Supposed to Give Us Five Days?

Pop the cork on the champagne! Invite friends over for finger foods and a barbeque. No, not because the dreadful “economic stimulus” bill passed, but because we have now seen Obama break his first major campaign promise. Welcome to the White House, Barack.

During the presidential campaign President Obama boasted that his would be America’s “most transparent” administration ever. And to that end he declared that for any major piece of legislation that comes to his desk he would allow the public five days to read and review and ask questions about that legislation before being signed. Congress passed the stimulus bill on Friday, February 13. He is going to sign it Tuesday, February 17. So I pulled out my handy-dandy calculator and that adds up to less than four days (and that includes a weekend and a holiday).

Now you and I both know that first of all that is not how our legislative system is supposed to work. The people elect folks to represent them and they are to be responsible and carry out the principles of the Constitution and self-government on behalf of their constituents. We will hold them accountable by our voting. But even still, when a man makes a promise you would hope that he has the integrity to keep it whether or not the promise was necessary. Let us not kid ourselves. Let us call this campaign promise what it really was: political hype and the tickling of gullible voters’ ears. He said it to get elected.

Of course this is not the first piece of legislation on which he has reneged on this particular promise. Remember the socialistic child healthcare bill that was signed into law a several weeks ago? Same situation. It passed and then bang-zoom it was signed into law by President Obama. But I gave him a pass on that since he did say that his promise referred to “major legislation.” I guess he gets to decide what is major and what is not. But surely by all accounts this behemoth stimulus bill would fall squarely into the “major” category.

Josh H.


6 Responses to “Stimulus Bill: Isn’t Obama Supposed to Give Us Five Days?”

  1. February 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    That bill was, by far, the most utterly ridiculous, irresponsible thing Congress has ever passed. THEY didn’t even have a chance to read it. OBAMA HIMSELF hasn’t even read the whole thing. Why should we think he’d make good on his promise to let US read it? The parts I have read disgust me. I don’t remember who said it, but one of the usual commentators on Fox the other day said it well – this bill was never meant to be a stimulus bill. It was called a “stimulus bill” so people would get behind it, and the urgency was present ONLY so people wouldn’t have time to grasp it in its entirety. If you want something unpopular done, do it fast, or you’ll lose it. The point of this so called “stimulus bill”? Paying back all his followers in Congress for their loyalty by letting them insert whatever CRAP they felt like sticking in there. Is it a coincidence that Harry Reid dropped in an 8 BILLION dollar pet project at the last minute? Is it any coincidence that this bill jumped from 500 pages to 1200 pages in a day?

    And those 3 “Republican” senators, Snowe, Collins and Specter? Mr. Specter got a $6.5 billion pet project of his own in there. Pay back for a “yea” vote? Absolutely, without a doubt. God only knows what the other two sneaked in there.

    I am so disgusted I can barely see straight.

  2. February 19, 2009 at 6:28 am

    @Angi: You mean to tell me that giving umpteen million dollars to the National Endowment for the Arts won’t help the unemployed people I know of? This is an outrage!

    We all have to face the facts: this was a belated liberal Christmas wishlist.

  3. February 19, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I know, I’m sorry to burst your bubble.

    Also, did you know global warming is a hoax and there are billions of dollars for “research” for that, too?


  4. February 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    @Angi: Yeah and what’s all this carbon capture project stuff? No one seems to know what it is, but it’s in the “stimulus bill.”

  5. February 20, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I’m sure it’s someone’s reward for something they did to help Obama get elected…

  6. February 20, 2009 at 8:35 am

    @Angi: Believe it or not I see the logic the Dems are using for most of this stuff. It’s been done before. People are out of work so basically the government makes up jobs and hires people to do them. That’s why the need increased funding for these different “projects” (or at least it’s part of the reason; the other part is kick backs for political supporters, no doubt).

    But that doesn’t help Wendy’s, or Walmart, or Coca-Cola or any other traditional business who may have had to cut back (including lay-offs).

    And in the long-run it doesn’t help me. And frankly (I’m talking to YOU federal governement), I don’t want the government’s help. I want it out of my way. Stop regulating the businesses and services I use so that they can operate at lower costs and stop taking my money in the form of income taxes.

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