Good news: Congress ready to vote on 1,000-page stimulus bill it hasn’t read yet

posted at 10:40 am on February 13, 2009 by Allahpundit

Why should they read it? According to economists, it won’t work, either because it’s too wasteful or too small. But that’s beside the point. The point here is action for action’s sake, to show voters they’re at least trying to fix the situation even if their fix reeks — in which case, mission accomplished. So they might as well come clean, which is exactly what they’re doing:

When CNSNews.com asked members of both parties on Capitol Hill on Thursday whether they had read the full, final bill, not one member could say, “Yes.”…

“The Democrats have thrown this at us very last-minute,” said Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.). “That’s why the rule of thumb in the United States Congress should be, ‘When in doubt, vote no,’ because the devil is in the details and that’s why this stimulus is not worthy of support.”

Rep. John Boozman (R-Ark.) shared that sentiment. “The American public expects for us to get in and know what we’re voting on,” Boozman said. “But there are very few members from Congress that are going to have time to actually read this thing.”

Even so, as many as eight House Republicans might vote yes. Trust in The One and his glorious approval ratings; through him, all things are possible


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