As House and Senate Democrats work to to reconcile the health care bills passed in each chamber into legislation both can approve and send to the president, they’re not just excluding Republicans from the process, they’re also keeping out anyone who would record the proceedings.
In response to CSPAN’s request that cameras be allowed to capture the happenings of the House-Senate conference on health care, Speaker Pelosi responded that “there has never been a more open process.” Yet, she won’t let cameras in—in spite of President Obama’s promise that the negotiations would indeed be aired on CSPAN.
Guess Mrs. Pelosi didn’t believe Obama’s campaign promises either.
The most ethical, transparent, open Democrat majority ever is apparently going to short-circuit the House-Senate conference committee process to get the government health care takeover done.
And over in the Senate, it’s more of the same. Jim Manley, spokesman to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Mt. Crumpit) offers lip service to transparency, saying “Senator Reid appreciates C-SPAN’s commitment to ensuring transparency and we will continue to work to ensure that the American people have access to the work of their elected representatives,” yet ol’ Harry “wouldn’t assent to the network’s request” to televise the process.
Trying to turn the focus away from is boss’s failure, Manley, in the fashion typical of Democrats in Obama’s Washington, lashed out at Republicans:
But what should truly concern the American people is the Republicans’ shamelessly transparent strategy to stop reform at all costs by relying on misinformation and myths
Well, gee, Jim, you’d go a long way to dispelling those myths if you acceded to the network’s request, televising the negotiations to show they’re being conducted in good faith, with the primary concern for the general welfare without pandering to the special interests (whose influence Obama decried in his successful 2008 bid for the White House).
Guess Jim’s rant means his boss’s plea last month to “set aside the animosity” and focus on the meaning of the Christmas holiday ended with the New Year. Or, maybe Manley took as much stock in that plea as his boss and Mrs. Pelosi took in Obama’s campaign promise.