All news reports indicate that a deal has been made on the stimulus. What they don’t tell us is that none of the opposition was allowed to take part in these midnight negotiations. Not. One.
You can’t make this stuff up, people (via Ace):
Republicans have caught the Democrats in a midnight “stimulus” power play that seeks to cut Republican conferees out of the House-Senate negotiations to resolve a final version of the Obama “stimulus” package. Staff members from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) met last night to put together the “stimulus” conference report.
They intend to attempt to shove this $1.3 trillion spending bill through in the dead of the night without Republican input so floor action can take place in both chambers on Thursday.
I spoke with House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) moments ago about this latest version of Democratic “bipartisanship.” Pence told me, “I think the American people deserve to know that legislation that would comprise an amount equal to the entire discretionary budget of the United States of America is being crafted without a single House Republican in the room.”
No matter your party affiliation, everyone should be troubled by this. I don’t care if you’re the biggest stimulus supporter in the nation, you should be disturbed that no compromise was EVEN SOUGHT. Let’s reverse the table: What if Republicans used these tactics versus Democrats? Well, who knows, perhaps they might in the future, and there will only be one party to blame for it…
But, I will find the silver lining in this pork-bloated cloud: The GOP has every excuse in the world to filibuster this conference “compromise” now.
I think the thing about this that bothers me the most is the rhetoric that spews out of Obama’s mouth regarding “bipartisanship” and the actual actions that he and those of his party are taking. Bipartisanship apparently has a new meaning under President Obama. What a bunch of BS.
The stimulus will eventually pass. But it will change America for the worse.