As I reminded folks in a previous post, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi advised the Public that "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it away from the fog of a controversy." I claimed in that post that her statement was a ploy to pass the bill sight unseen so that the voters wouldn't be able to complain before it was too late. Let's back that up with some history, shall we?
To what extent did the Democrats go to keep this "sight unseen"? Well, Republicans weren't even part of the negotiations. Let's let CNN's Jack Cafferty explain it. As you watch this, I want you to keep in mind that Cafferty is a commentator on CNN; and that he's earned distinguished recognition in his career, including the Edward R. Murrow Award, an Emmy award and the New York Associated Press State Broadcasters Award. This is a snapshot in time, from 2010:
Do you seriously have any question as to why the Democrats were voted out of power in the House of Representatives at the earliest possible opportunity? Do you seriously have a question as to why the Democrats could not regain power in the election following that? Do you seriously question why the Republicans are so hell-bent on reversing legislation over which they were shut out by ad-hoc tactics that flew in the face of all legislative precedent? Do you seriously wonder why this law has been opposed, not by a minority as the President's wishful thinking would have it, but by the Republican majority in the House of Representatives?
If you're a Democrat in Congress and you still question the why's of this situation, then you have a problem with your memory, you have a problem with your grasp of history, and you need to wake up to the realization that this is it the situation that you caused. You made this bed. It's your fault.
Yes, everyone gets their share. But I'm sick to death of the Democrats' pretense of lily-white innocence. It's a blatant, deliberate, premeditated lie formulated by the Democratic leaders who are now acting like their stubborn equine mascot, and repeated knowingly by their media minions. They know better than anyone that Republican intransigence isn't the cause of an unfair and warped legislative process, it's the result. What? You didn't think the voters would notice?