Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Legislation of the Day

On August 10th, President Obama signed HR 1586 into law. On Whitehouse.gov, the Administration lists the new law as the "FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act." Yet, Section 1 of what the Senate and House passed and the President signed reads as follows:
This Act may be cited as the "_______Act of______".
This is no accident. Although the 20 page bill once appropriated monies for the Federal Aviation Administration, including for air traffic control improvements, the bill morphed several times and, as passed as Public Law 111-226, HR 1586 became "a batch of spending policies. (Cost: about $125 per family)."

Remember when President Obama promised to "restore fiscal discipline"? Remember when Candidate Obama declared:
Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.
The Senate passed the bill on August 5th but final House action on the Senate amendments occurred August 10th--the same day Obama signed HR 1586. The White House posted the not-yet-final legislation on its website August 6th, but even the "sunlight" promised by the President didn't illuminate this mess.

Doubtlessly, a technical correction will be passed. But with the Senate informally recessed until September, both Houses of Congress will have to take up, and the President sign, an amendment to "the ________ Act of ________".

Bet those events will be delayed 'till after November 2nd.

(via Berman Post)


Bob in Los Angeles said...

Unbelieveable. Where is the $#@%$# press on this?

Geoffrey Britain said...

The press is on top of it and not about to let it out of the cellar.

That's the bad news.

Here's the good news; more and more people are on to the fact that Obama's a congenital liar who could teach Bill Clinton a few things about 'chutzpah'.

Fortunately, Obama never learned the truth contained in Lincoln's aphorism; "If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never fully regain their respect and esteem."

He's a con-man on the world's biggest stage and so once the con is run... there's nowhere else to go but once conned, people don't forget.

He's had his run, shot his wad and there's nowhere to go but down. His troubles are just beginning.

He won't handle it well, I promise you, narcissists never handle well the curtain being pulled back and the audience walking away.

OBloodyHell said...

> the ________ Act of ________

I'd offer
"The Final Act of A Load of Incompetents"
but that would be mere wishful thinking...

Soon... Soon....