Dems celebrate “Sunshine Week” by … pushing Demon Pass

posted at 2:55 pm on March 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In the Someone Left The Irony On Department, Nancy Pelosi has urged her colleagues in the House to get busy with transparent-government initiatives this week.  Reid Wilson notes the jarring dissonance between holding up “the importance of open government” while trying to avoid taking a vote on ObamaCare using the deem-and-pass tactic, or what should be known as Demon Pass:

Today, the House takes up a measure requiring federal agencies to use simple language in writing official documents; a proposal to ensure e-mails are preserved by federal archivists; and a bill that would require members to use the money left in their annual office accounts to pay down the debt.

The good-government proposals come as GOPers cry foul over Pelosi’s suggestion the majority could use so-called “deem and pass” measures to force the Senate health care bill through the House without an actual vote.

“During Sunshine Week, which focuses on the importance of open government and freedom of information, Congress is taking action to make the government more accountable, transparent and responsive to the American people,” reads a fact sheet distributed to House Dems’ offices, and which was provided to Hotline OnCall by an incredulous Dem aide.

Not to take anything away from these proposals, which do little but nibble around the edges, but wouldn’t having members commit to a vote on controversial legislation create more sunshine than paying down debt from office accounts?  The very nature of open government in a representative government requires that elected officials have accountability for the laws they pass.  The social contract that binds constituents to these laws depends on that accountability.  If we cannot hold our representatives individually and collectively responsible for passage of laws, then we have ceased being a free people and have entered into an autocratic form of bondage.

As far as those office accounts go, the leftover funds won’t pay a second’s interest on the national debt, not unless we’re budgeting a couple of billion dollars per office … which, given Congress’ spending proclivities, may come soon.  If Pelosi wants to start working on the national debt, she can start by cutting back spending to 2007 levels, where Democrats took over from Republicans.  This suggestion coming from a woman who has increased annual federal spending by over a trillion dollars a year within three years is beyond insulting to the intelligence.  It’s self-parody.


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What we need is a federal sunshine law, so we know who gets the bribes and how much it costs us.

tarpon on March 17, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Stupak or any other conservative Dems should meet with Obama and wear a wire. We need to hear straight from the horses mouth what bribes are being offered.

lavell12 on March 17, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Hypocrite

TXMomof3 on March 17, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Translation: We’ll start that diet tomorrow.

Tonus on March 17, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Costello switching from YES TO NO

andy85719 on March 17, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Sounds like a scene from BrokeBack the HealthCare Mountian,
with a Sunshine gratuitous act,in the shade of Demon
Pass!!(snark).

canopfor on March 17, 2010 at 3:01 PM

TXMomof3 on March 17, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Now that is the proper use of that word.

ladyingray on March 17, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Not to take anything away from these proposals, which do little but nibble around the edges, but wouldn’t having members commit to a vote on controversial legislation create more sunshine than paying down debt from office accounts?

LOL! Ed’s trying for a second career as a stand up comic.

I’ve got another joke: For government sunshine week, wouldn’t it make sense to post legislation online so everyone can see it, before Congress votes on it?

rbj on March 17, 2010 at 3:02 PM

andy85719 on March 17, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Rather than pop up in every thread sounding like the boy who cried wolf, why don’t you provide the links for your “facts”.

Thanks

ladyingray on March 17, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Translation: We’ll start that diet tomorrow.

Tonus on March 17, 2010 at 2:59 PM

No. Translation: You’ll start that diet tomorrow. But it’ll actually probably be a lot more like hunger.

LibTired on March 17, 2010 at 3:03 PM

you’ve got to be kidding me……

ORconservative on March 17, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Kinda cries out for one of those “Hitler finds out” parodies, don’t it.

Bruno Strozek on March 17, 2010 at 3:05 PM

How can any respectable, honest,reasonable American engage in and support these shenanigans. Oops, i guess i just answered the question. I am so freakin mad.

rjoco1 on March 17, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Costello switching from YES TO NO

andy85719 on March 17, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Is this new? Link!?

El_Terrible on March 17, 2010 at 3:05 PM

There will be no “Sunshine” during the “Reign” of Obama and his Quislings.

ihasurnominashun on March 17, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Hows that rich hate working out? We sure fixed those awful wealthy people, didn’t we?
An appropriate cartoon would be our radical liberals in charge aiming a shotgun at the achievers in American and hitting everyone else instead.

Scapegoating a segment of society to get votes hasn’t been much of a benefit.
That’s because we’re all in this together, the economy is all relative, the warnings before the last election were correct, you don’t dip into a water trough and pour it into the other end and gain anything, in fact you lose every time you do it.

You don’t steal and redistribute, steal from the future, and gain at all, the reciprocity factor is in full effect.

For every government action there’s an opposite and equal corrupt reaction.

Speakup on March 17, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Demon pass! It’s de debil, I tells ya!

pseudonominus on March 17, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Costello switching from YES TO NO

andy85719 on March 17, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Link or shut up and sit down.

Knucklehead on March 17, 2010 at 3:07 PM

107 How about this as a weapon? Organized boycotts at businesses within the Congressman’s district.
Tea Party officials can organize boycotts of Target stores to get the Minnesota guy to vote no, for example.

With hundreds of millions of irate Americans, Tea Party organizers can get the word out and hit them where they live. Literally.

green tambourine on March 17, 2010 at 3:08 PM

http://www.nationalreview.com/

andy85719 on March 17, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Not sure of my sources, but I’m reading that Costello’s a No vote on Senate bill, probably a Yes on reconciliation…. but since Dems don’t plan on voting on the Senate bill, it doesn’t matter?

El_Terrible on March 17, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Costello switching from YES TO NO

andy85719 on March 17, 2010 at 3:00 PM

If this is true it is because he wants some goodies and a flight on AF1.

Electrongod on March 17, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Nancy is just blowing a little sunshine up everyones a$$. Nothing new.

Aviator on March 17, 2010 at 3:11 PM

March 17, 2010
Code Red Moves Cardoza and Costa to “Yes” Votes on Gov’t Healthcare Takeover After Water Deal
——————————————————————————–

Is this Another Backroom Deal to Force Obama’s Bill Down the American People’s Throats?

As a vote approaches on Obama and Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare, Code Red is now considering two supposedly “undecided” California Democrats, Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, to now be “yes” votes.

The U.S. Department of Interior announced yesterday that it is increasing water allocations for the Central Valley of California, a region that depends on these water allocations to support local agriculture and jobs. The region has recently been starved for water and as a result unemployment has soared. Not surprisingly, Cardoza and Costa had a hand in the announcement:

Apologys if this has been posted.

fourdeucer on March 17, 2010 at 3:14 PM

The Democrats are turning America into a third world, banana republic. Dopey, transparent announcements from the politburo that screw the citizenry while pretending they don’t. Thanks, fearless leaders.

Hail Freedonia!

Django on March 17, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Call Your Representatives Now!

Call them now, and use their local numbers. Tell everyone you know to call them now! This is a fight for the soul and future of the United States of America; for the country we all love, and have inherited and preserved out of the blood and treasure of our forefathers.

Will the American citizens stand and fight as our great Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Guardsmen, and United States Marines, past and present, always stand and fight for our sacred liberty? This is a seminole moment in American history. We will live as one nation under God, or under government? Now is the time of decision! You must act now! Now is the time to let your voices be heard as never before. Where is the march on Washington? Where is the American spirit that never quits? Where is the American spirit that says “no” and “never again” to our enemies, and backs it up at all costs? Our soldiers are willing to die for this country’s preservation. Shall we not stand up on their behalf while they face bullets and bombs so we do not have to?

If you called already, call them again! If you have e-mailed them, do it again. If you have told your relatives, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, tell them to call and email, and fax them again! Stop what you’re doing and do it now! Our great republic is at stake!

Think of your children; and do it for them. Look into their faces; and then pick-up the phone and get on your computer, and let them know, we are still Americans, and we will not accept tyranny from anyone – foreign or domestic. We will never surrender to state control of our lives. Tell them that when you call and email them. Tell them we are not socialists, and we will not live under it now or ever. Tell them like Churchill “We will fight them in the air; on the land; and on the seas. We will never surrender.” Call them now! E-mail them now! Fax them now! Let them feel the people’s power. Do it now!

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Marion Berry 202-225-4076, 870-972-4600
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SheetAnchor on March 17, 2010 at 3:14 PM

do you think this is what she will speak about today? She has called a press conference to make a statement in about 20 minutes….

jbh45 on March 17, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Costello switching from YES TO NO

andy85719 on March 17, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Please, for the love of all that’s holy, give us a link when you say stuff like that! I can’t take this rollercoastering any more.

<can of worms>It’s like watching Terry Schiavo die all over again. Remember that? I spent hours of every day calling, faxing, praying… oscillating between hope and despair, raging at the lies, and in the end watching helplessly as everything we tried failed to save that innocent woman’s life.

That was a sore test of my faith. We’re taught that God always answers prayer and if you try hard enough, long enough, you will succeed. So what do you do when you give 100%, flat out, everything you’ve got, and you still fail? Where do you go from there?

Granted, there are many differences between the two situations. From the standpoint of faith, I think the significant one is this: Even though Terri was killed, I don’t believe that our prayers to God were in vain. God allowed Terri’s mortal life to end (for Terri’s soul was never in danger) as a wake-up call to the rest of us about what government interference in health care is capable of doing. That has direct bearing on the crisis we find ourselves in now. >/can of worms&rt;

Mary in LA on March 17, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Rats! Messed up my last set of pseudo-tags. &lt/can of worms>

Mary in LA on March 17, 2010 at 3:17 PM

While Costello remains a ‘no’ on the Senate legislation, he is undecided on how he will vote on the so-called reconciliation legislation that making alterations in the final health-care package. That bill is being negotiated now in an effort to secure the 216 House votes needed for passage.

El_Terrible on March 17, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Thanks. But if the Demoncrats are going with demon pass, they’ll only be voting on reconciliation. Slight of hand here by Costello.

rbj on March 17, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Boy, Pelosi and Slaughter sure put the “Hag” back in “haggle”, don’t they?

Mr. Bingley on March 17, 2010 at 3:18 PM

‘demon pass’ h/t to whichever HA poster coined it in an earlier thread.

Midas on March 17, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Oh. NRO confused me on its homepage. He is a disgusto if he does demon pass.

andy85719 on March 17, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Boy, Pelosi and Slaughter sure put the “Hag” back in “haggle”, don’t they?

Mr. Bingley on March 17, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Haggis also comes to mind.

Midas on March 17, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Demon is right on. Isn’t it interestng that these devils are pushing this crapolla right before Christmas and now right before Easter. I wonder how many pieces of silver are being passed out for all those votes. Scum.

immigrantchick on March 17, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Maybe Bret Bair’s interview with Obama will be hardcore…

From the gretawire twitter:

Pres Obama just said Bret keeps interrupting him…..Bret says he does not answer the question ..you need 2 C ths 2nite at 6p/Special Report

Enoxo on March 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM

This back room dealing is a rehearsal for the Totalitarian takeover by the Democrat Party.

Cybergeezer on March 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM

You Shall Not Pass!

El_Terrible on March 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Up next: Rainbow and Unicorn Week

dont taze me bro on March 17, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Haggis also comes to mind.

Midas on March 17, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Stop right there! I’m Scottish. I like to eat haggis. There’s no way anybody would like to eat… oh no… why, why, WHY did you make me think of that???? ****HUUUUURRRLLLLLL****

Mary in LA on March 17, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Someone posting above suggested those close to Obama should wear a wire. I’m sure this has been done many times. The inside info on this administration has to be gargantuan. Imagine the book deal someone could get by exposing all the corruption. It’ll happen. What’s surprising is the corruption in plain site and how the media is covering this communist bastard. There will be hell to pay. For what Commie Obamie has done to this country I hope he is impeached, convicted, and sentenced to 25 years for not upholding the Constitution. It’s the least he could do for screwing the American public as our first dictator. How’s the for precedent?

adamsmith on March 17, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Haggis also comes to mind.

Midas on March 17, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Hey, don’t pick on haggis. I like haggis. This is more like 19th Cent. sausage making — with all parts of the pig used, including the squeal.

rbj on March 17, 2010 at 3:27 PM

The House Republican whip team just held a conference call in which they said that the Democrats have 206 yes votes for the health care bill. They need 216 to pass it. There are currently 51 Democrats who are said to be undecided and the leadership can afford to lose 37 of them, which sounds like a pretty tough road for opponents of the bill (without the Stupak language on abortion, all Republicans are expected to vote no).

Chief Deputy Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) nevertheless said he felt this week had hurt Democratic vote-getting efforts somewhat. He argued that the Slaughter rule did not sit well with some wobbling Democrats and “will make the American people very angry” if the leadership actually tries to go through with it (McCarthy seemed to suggest they won’t). McCarthy said that usually when you talk about process, you lose but “this year, I think process does matter.” He said that the Scott Brown victory suggested that voters wanted the Democratic leadership to be more responsive than they have been during the health care debate.

Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.), a recent party-switcher from the Democratic Party, talked about some of the things the Democrats will do to whip their members. Griffith said they will “know your demographics,” “know how much cash you have on hand,” “know how popular Obama is and Pelosi is in your district,” and know if you want a “road project,” “medical school,” or “have a severe Medicaid shortage that needs to be shored up.” Griffith said that as a physician and former Democrat, “I saw firsthand that the Republicans had many good ideas that were ignored.”

Amspec blog.

I find the suggestion that they might drop Demonpass and go with a straight vote very interesting.

Wethal on March 17, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Haggis also comes to mind.

Midas on March 17, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Hey, don’t pick on haggis. I like haggis. This is more like 19th Cent. sausage making — with all parts of the pig used, including the squeal.

rbj on March 17, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Lips and a$$; yep, that’s what it’s made of.

Mr. Bingley on March 17, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Corruption abounds.

andy85719 on March 17, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Lips and a$$; yep, that’s what it’s made of.

Mr. Bingley on March 17, 2010 at 3:29 PM

You’ve kissed both and you know it.

thomasaur on March 17, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Hey, don’t pick on haggis. I like haggis. This is more like 19th Cent. sausage making — with all parts of the pig used, including the squeal.

rbj on March 17, 2010 at 3:27 PM

That seems to be the Dem philosophy right now: ‘Laws and sausages are a lot alike…we all like the end product…we just don’t care to know how they’re made’.

dont taze me bro on March 17, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Kildee switched too. This thing is passed.

andy85719 on March 17, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Stupak or any other conservative Dems should meet with Obama and wear a wire. We need to hear straight from the horses mouth what bribes are being offered.

lavell12 on March 17, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I’m sure the most ethical congress EVAH has already made that illegal.

csdeven on March 17, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Kildee switched too. This thing is passed.

andy85719 on March 17, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Umm, that’s old news, too.

Mary in LA on March 17, 2010 at 3:42 PM

This suggestion coming from a woman who has increased annual federal spending by over a trillion dollars a year within three years is beyond insulting to the intelligence. It’s self-parody.

Let’s increase spending by over 25%,attempt to cut it 1%,….. then brag about how fiscally disciplined we are……

Let’s shut out Republicans,conduct negotiations behind closed doors,let lobbyist help craft the bills,not post them on line 5 days before they are voted on,not read them before we vote on them,eliminate the “bothersome problem” of voting on them by just shoving them through the back door……then brag about how transparent we are.

Yep….that’s the democratic party…..totally full of sh!t.

Baxter Greene on March 17, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Dems celebrate “Sunshine Week” by … pushing Demon Pass

Typical … of the Soviet Union and assorted authoritarian regimes.

Don’t underestimate what’s going on.

neurosculptor on March 17, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Kildee switched too. This thing is passed.

andy85719 on March 17, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Stop. They don’t have the votes. They keep leaking this stuff to demoralize people and make their own “no” votes feel guilty.

They don’t have it. Only a mass suicide, like Jonestown would pass this thing. We’ll see all the dem Congressman laying on the floor of the House with a empty koolaid cup by them.

darwin on March 17, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Typical … of the Soviet Union and assorted authoritarian regimes.

Don’t underestimate what’s going on.

neurosculptor on March 17, 2010 at 3:45 PM

That’s all this is, and all this has ever been … remaking America in the Soviet image. Every single piece of dem legislation fulfills just a little bit more of FDR’s second bill of rights, which is nothing more than the Soviet “bill of rights”.

darwin on March 17, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Hey! Don’t knock Nancy. She has on her “happy face”.

GarandFan on March 17, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Sen. Tom Coburn calls the health bill malpractice.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts1272;_ylt=AlKC2bRBppLyxhhVtxFZgvKs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNiczM4YXY4BGFzc2V0A3luZXdzLzIwMTAwMzE3L3luZXdzX3RzMTI2MwRjY29kZQNtb3N0cG9wdWxhcgRjcG9zAzMEcG9zAzExBHB0A2hvbWVfY29rZQRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3J5BHNsawNyZWxhdGVk

For Little Suzi Sunshine Pelosi words don’t have an objective meaning, nor do they describe an objective reality.

onlineanalyst on March 17, 2010 at 3:54 PM

If they are going to do Deem and Pass, why don’t they have the balls to have single payer in the bill. Might as well go for it all. I don’t think they have the guts. If it passes, it will be by getting Democrat No votes switched to Yes by arm twisting and/or payoffs.

Hummer53 on March 17, 2010 at 3:55 PM

There will be no sunshine as long as the Sun King is in the WH.

Didn’t Pelosi give up for Lent, flying on the Air Force planes with all of their perks?

onlineanalyst on March 17, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Clueless Democrats. These are the same people who want to get between you and your doctor…

TN Mom on March 17, 2010 at 4:04 PM

GarandFan on March 17, 2010 at 3:54 PM

I’d like to slap that Happy Face of her so hard that she starves to death rolling.

That would give me a chuckle.

NoDonkey on March 17, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Only a mass suicide, like Jonestown would pass this thing. We’ll see all the dem Congressman laying on the floor of the House with a empty koolaid cup by them.

darwin on March 17, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Are you trying to get me to root for this bill to pass?

Because this idea of yours is definitely tempting.

NoDonkey on March 17, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Same week as Hawaii tries to blacklist individuals (including members of the press) who expect answers to FOIA requests.

The testimony I submitted to Hawaii SB2971:

http://butterdezillion.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/judiciary-committee-testimony/

justincase on March 17, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.), a recent party-switcher from the Democratic Party, talked about some of the things the Democrats will do to whip their members. Griffith said they will “know your demographics,” “know how much cash you have on hand,” “know how popular Obama is and Pelosi is in your district,” and know if you want a “road project,” “medical school,” or “have a severe Medicaid shortage that needs to be shored up.” Griffith said that as a physician and former Democrat, “I saw firsthand that the Republicans had many good ideas that were ignored.”
Amspec blog.

Wethal, I guess that we can safely assume that the unspent Porkulus money is being used for these “incentives” to push Dem votes for ObaMaoScare.

onlineanalyst on March 17, 2010 at 4:18 PM

It’s eerie how much Rep. Slaughter looks like one of the demon characters from the movie “The Devil’s Advocate”.

batterup on March 17, 2010 at 4:18 PM

It’s eerie how much Rep. Slaughter looks like one of the demon characters from the movie “The Devil’s Advocate”.

batterup on March 17, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Last night I said that Slaughter reminds me of one of those prison matrons in film noir or perhaps a Nazi enforcer.

onlineanalyst on March 17, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Are you trying to get me to root for this bill to pass?

Because this idea of yours is definitely tempting.

NoDonkey on March 17, 2010 at 4:07 PM

lol … no, please don’t root for the bill.

darwin on March 17, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Well, I called all the Reps on SheetAnchor’s list except for Rep. Stupak, since he seems safe, plus my Congresscritter. Got a busy signal half the time. Should have been all the time! Get on the phones, people! :-)

All the staffers I talked to were polite. A few asked where I was calling from — I told them honestly. Two staffers said their Congressmen were planning to vote “No”, and I thanked them profusely. I won’t put their names here lest they come under extra pressure.

As for my worthless Congresscritter, Jane Harman, in November she said on her Web site that she was leaning No if the Stupak language were in. (“important to defend a woman’s right to choose…”, yada yada yada.) I was hoping this would translate to a No on the bill, but of course she’s caved. Her staffer told me she was planning to vote Yes. *SIGH* No great loss, though, as evidently the whip count has always including her in the Yes column.

Mary in LA on March 17, 2010 at 5:10 PM

If this sick obscenity is to become law, then I say let it become law in the sickest, most obscene way imaginable. Let it live in the infamy it so richly deserves.

clark smith on March 17, 2010 at 5:15 PM