Friday, February 13, 2009

Got Some Time On Your Hands for Public Service

You could read the Stimulus bill. It is posted here. I loved this little note at the Volokh Conspiracy:
UPDATE: One little addendum. On Wednesday, the House voted unanimously in support of an instruction that there be no vote on the final stimulus bill "unless the text of such agreement has been available to the managers in an electronic, searchable, and downloadable form for at least 48 hours." But this morning's news reports say the House will vote this afternoon.
Oh, and in case you didn't think it would happen, yep there be pork in that there spending whale, like this little gem:
The deal provides $8 billion for high-speed rail projects, for example, including money that could benefit a controversial proposal for a magnetic-levitation rail line between Disneyland, in California, and Las Vegas, a project favored by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). The 311-mph train could make the trip from Sin City to Tomorrowland in less than two hours, according to backers.
And if the Washington Post is reporting on it, you have to wonder how bad it really is.

So here are two questions, if President Obama said there would be no pork in the bill:

1. How will Obama classify these kinds of provisions?
2. If they are pork, does Obama have the gumption to veto the bill and tell Congress to send him a pork free bill?

My answers.
1. Spin like an F5 tornado in Kansas.
2. He doesn't have the huevos.

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