Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assured her immortality with her advice to pass Obamacare so as to learn what was in it. That scandalized the GOP that waited until now to adopt the same attitude, for ObamaTrade in the later case.
We have to wonder how many major laws were made in secret back when the Founders were in charge. To us, it bespeaks the degree of arrogance that helped trigger the American Revolution in the first place. When important deals cannot bear the light of day and the attention of affected citizens, we must wonder in whose interests they are being made. And we now enjoy the communication technology to present the case.
“Marry in haste,” our parents warned us, “and regret at leisure.” But when the unseemly haste occurs in Congress, the inevitable regret is likely to occur among the hapless voters who selected such representatives. Obamacare whisked through via Democrats when the preexisting Medicare and Medicaid were already in red ink; to this day, none has addressed these funding deficits. Instead, we were assured that Obamacare was: “Affordable.” Is there a single serious, honest 2016 presidential candidate in sight?
Now the Republicans are pushing secret legislation for the President under the mantra of “trade.” Democrats oppose it, but as it is secret, we can’t know why hey do. A bad cess upon both their houses, we say. Columnnest Phyllis Schlafly says that ObamaTrade includes the scaffolding for a world trade governing body. We obviously can’t know that. But given the clumsy ineptitude of Washington, who needs a more remote boss?
Summing up our admittedly grumpy opinion: We support politicians who run around selling their programs in public, answering questions with facts. However, those seem in short supply. Instead, we hear that we can keep our doctor when in fact, we cannot. We hear that a program i affordable when it is not. And we are expected to accept legislators who refuse to inform us of the terms to which they intend to bind us.
That, it seems to us, does not describe a government that, to use President Lincoln’s words, is by the people and for the people. Unfortunately, it cannot be denied that it is of the people …