Selling The Sizzle Smirky (Obama) Style
Where's The Beef?
The question begs itself constantly in the world of Smirksalot. For those of us who actually paid attention during the 2008 presidential campaign, instead of staying glued to "Dancing With The Stars," we heard a lot about transparency, how the new administration was going to have "Government In The Sunshine," and the ushering in of a new political environment in Foggy Bottom was now imminent.
SO! WHERE'S THE BEEF?
Dealing with politicians of Smirksalot's bent can truly be a slippery slope. But you need to learn something if you haven't already. Watch what this snake does and not what it says. The latest example of the slippery slope has to do with his health care reform, and we all heard about how it was going to all be out in the open, televised, etc, etc, etc. The et ceteras need to be scrutinized in Smirksville folks. The tune now out of The Whine House is diametrically opposed to what he previously said, though this shouldn't be anything new to those of us who are following along.
The roadblocks have now been put up in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's request to obtain Whine House records of all the "behind the scenes" meeting held by the executive branch and all their favorite special interest groups (read: drug companies, insurance companies, hospitals, et al).
Robert Bauer, an attorney for "The People's House" wrote to the committee explaining that such disclosure would be a humongous and very expensive undertaking (suddenly they're worried about our money?) and could cause "implications on long standing executive branch confidentiality issues." Wait just a second here folks. Isn't this the very Presidential Candidate who promised the American tax payers "transparency" and an "open government?" Translated properly, Bauer's response should have been, "Better try next time."
I believe, and rightfully so, that those of us who elect, then pay these people to do our will, have the RIGHT to know what was said during these behind closed door meetings held by top Smirkster staffers and the myriad of lobbyists and health care officials who visited The White House even while the debate was raging on The Hill. If everything was above board why worry about releasing the details of what was said, and promised, to get them to board the USS Obamacare.
If memory serves me correctly, and it usually does, things were promised and deals were made early on, even before this thing got started good, with the drug companies and hospitals to the tune of billions of dollars in "savings" to get them to bite the hook. The word "bribery" seems to come to mind but that's been given a wink and a nod by the Foggy Bottom elite for decades. What we call "bribery," they call "political maneuvering."
But The Whine House did throw the committee the proverbial bone. What did they send them? They sent about 100 pages of already made public documents and the visitor logs for the period in question, which the AP had already obtained and made public in 2009. Congress can now expect continual stonewalling, rather than transparency, on this issue as they now try to decipher what is what with this monstrosity of a bill.
So let me briefly go "US Constitution" on you the reader. I'm a bit of an advocate of using that document to govern this Republic. The way the founding fathers set it up was that the other two branches of government, the legislative and judicial arms, would have oversight over the executive branch. See they were well in tune what a despot or tyrant could be capable of reigning down on the common man's heads. We have strayed so far away from Constitution being the guide for our politicians that if you aren't afraid, you should be. The alarm bells should be going off in your heads at this juncture in our short history.
The particular House committee in question is being stifled in performing its job of oversight of an executive branch fiasco. I don't believe we've seen the end of it though. Just more political fodder for insuring that The Smirky Onbe suffers the same fate as James Carter did. Eventually, enough becomes quite enough
Pelosi's statement of "We need to pass the bill so we can find out what is in it" should give new meaning to the Democrat's definition of Obama's "transparency. There won't be any on his watch either.