Remember how President Obama promised to make his Administration transparent?
He promised to publish all “non-emergency” legislation on the White House web-site for five days to allow the public time “to review and comment before the President signs it.” Wonder if he did that that with executive orders which dramatically reduce the number of contractors eligible to bid for federal contracts.
Instead of rushing to get pass legislation of this magnitude, more expensive than the Iraq War (and Congress voted numerous times to fund the war), giving the public time to review and comment before their legislators vote on it.
At absolute minimum, wait until after the next congressional recess, giving Members of Congress and Senators have had a chance to return to their jurisdictions to solicit the input of their constituents before putting together a final package.
To promote such openness, Bruce and I have signed on to this letter, asking Senator Reid and President Obama to:
. . . publish the full legislative text of the compromise immediately, and furthermore, to delay any vote on the bill for at least five days following publication. The American public deserves time to read and understand the substance of this critical legislation, and to express their views to their Senators.
UPDATE: Claire Shipman nicely sums up the pro-“stimulus” argument:Â “given that nobody knows the outcome, it seems as though the most important thing is speed here.“Â Oh, and Shipman’s an ABC News correspondent, not a Democratic hack or Administration flack.