Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Democrats "Fudge" on Transparency

Via Memeorandum:

Remember that promise that this Administration would be the most transparent administration in history and post bills for at least 72 hours before they are voted on? Well, as far as the Democrats are concerned, promises really are made to be broken. The Hill writes, Democrats: Abortion compromise does not break 72-hour promise:

House Republicans are accusing Democrats of breaking a pledge to make the healthcare legislation public for three days so they can resolve a feud between liberals and centrists over abortion provisions.

Lawmakers said the abortion compromise may not be included in the final version of the bill to be released as soon as Wednesday, called the “manager’s amendment.” Instead, it may be included in the “rule,” which is done the day before the vote. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday he did not consider that a violation of his pledge to have the bill language available for three days before a vote.

“We said the manager’s amendment we would give 72 hours for,” Hoyer said. “Obviously, we have had 72 hours on the bill. So I don’t think that is a violation.”

Even my young grandchildren know that "fudging the truth" is the same as telling a lie. Nobody cares what labels politicians apply, people want to know what their representatives are voting on before they vote on it.

Joe Wilson correctly yelled "You lie!" during the President's speech because he knew that there is a hole the size of the Grand Canyon in the various proposed health care bills that absolutely does allow federal money to fund abortion. Closing this hole is of major importance to millions of pro-life taxpayers. This is no time for backroom deals or arguments over language.

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