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The Rush-It Through Approach

One of the things that’s really been bothering people since Barack Obama took over as President and, before that, since the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and Senate is the speed at which legislation is being pushed through Congress. Contrary to what is currently taking place is what Obama has previously promised…

When there is a bill that ends up on my desk as president, you will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it.

Unfortunately, Obama has not lived up to that promise at all. In fact, according to this story from 6/22/09 in the New York Times…

Five months into his administration, Mr. Obama has signed two dozen bills, but he has almost never waited five days. On the recent credit card legislation, which included a controversial measure to allow guns in national parks, he waited just two.

What this boils down to is that many of these bills are being rushed through and some of them have been so large and posted in the middle of the night on the day prior to voting that legislators have not had time to read them to even know what they are voting on.  Honestly, it’s been done in the past by the Republicans as well. However, it now seems to be the norm rather than the exception for legislation to be rammed through at breakneck speed, almost as if some do not want others to know what’s in the bill.

Obama’s hypocrisy in this case is pretty astounding, considering he complained about the same kind of thing about the Bush administration. Listen to this Obama interview with liberal talk show host Randi Rhodes…

My guess is that Randi Rhodes hasn’t complained about the girth of some of these “omnibus” bills that have gone through Congress over the last few months.


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  1. […] read my other posts on this topic: No Transparency About Transparency, The Rush-It Through Approach, Transparency and Accountability ,”Transparency and Accountability” […]

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