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Bipartisanship Schmipartisanship

Posted by Nancy on February 11, 2009

“I won,” said Barack Obama. 

“I lost,” said Democracy.

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. [snip]

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.”  Human Events

This from Barack Obama’s website

End the Practice of Writing Legislation Behind Closed Doors: As president, Barack Obama will restore the American people’s trust in their government by making government more open and transparent. Obama will work to reform congressional rules to require all legislative sessions, including committee mark-ups and conference committees, to be conducted in public. By making these practices public, the American people will be able to hold their leaders accountable for wasteful spending and lawmakers won’t be able to slip favors for lobbyists into bills at the last minute.

Change we can believe in.  Right.


4 Responses to “Bipartisanship Schmipartisanship”

  1. Their cutting off discussion. It’s just like Jefferson said; 51% is abusing the other 25%.

  2. *49%

  3. Reverend Manny said

    um.. yeah… how is this different than the way republicans operated when they were in charge? As a matter of fact I remember them being far more imperious.

    This is lo-grade hypocrisy. How shameful that the American populace lacks the memory to think back a few years. If you think this is the end of Democracy, what did you think of Bush’s infringement on the rights to privacy and the right to assembly? Or that was different, maybe?

    One Love,
    –Reverend Manny

  4. Nancy said


    It’s easy to make generalized accusations; show me specific examples of Republicans behaving like this. Besides, as my Mama taught me – two wrongs don’t make a right.

    Every “bipartisan” effort I remember under Bush involved the Republicans caving to the Democrats.

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