POLITICAL observations & opinions

* It’s shocking, just shocking that the Republicans lied about their new rules … except, who believed for a second they would do as promised?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 6, 2011

men of their word ... NOT

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Jake Sherman writes for Politico (1/6/11) …

  • Just hours after taking control of the House, Republicans passed a sweeping set of rules promising transparency and reform.
  • But the new majority is already showing these promises aren’t exactly set in stone.
  • After calling for bills to go through a regular committee process, the bill that would repeal the health care law will not go through a single committee.
  • Despite promising a more open amendment process for bills, amendments for the health care repeal will be all but shut down.
    • Republicans privately acknowledge that providing Democrats with amendments would have been politically dangerous.
    • Democrats could have forced Republicans to vote on popular parts of health care overhaul — namely, eliminating provisions that would stop patients with pre-existing conditions from being rejected for health coverage.
  • After calling for a strict committee attendance list to be posted online, Republicans backpedaled and ditched that from the rules.
  • They promised constitutional citations for every bill but have yet to add that language to early bills.

read the whole post at … http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47124.html

LMW COMMENT …

It’s shocking, just shocking that the Republicans lied about their new rules … except, who believed for a second they would do as promised?

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One Response to “* It’s shocking, just shocking that the Republicans lied about their new rules … except, who believed for a second they would do as promised?”

  1. No surprise, true. What we are seeing is the result of the Democrats’ failure to exercise the tools of power when they had the chance. A difference between them and the Republicans is that the Republicans use every tool at their disposal to get what they want. Republicans don’t care about being reasonable or bi-partisan or compromising or engaging in any other process – they want what they want. They already know what they want. For more, please see my post, Power and Reason, Part 1.
    http://brianjfoley.net/2010/12/30/power-and-reason-part-1-2/
    Thanks.

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