Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cart-Horse. Or is that Horse-Cart?

Back in the day - oh, say, a year or so ago - it used to be that Congress would write a bill, Congresscritters and we of the unwashed masses would read it, and then there'd be a vote on it.

That is to say, in the dark middle-ages of - oh, say a year or so ago - the electorate and its representatives would actually know what was in a bill before deciding whether or not it merited passage.

Heck, they even wrote a song about it.

But that was then - oh, say, a year or so ago - and this is now:

"Mr. Axelrod also issued a warning to Democrats who were reconsidering their support for the health care measure.

“As a political matter, the foolish thing to do would be for anybody else who supported this to walk away from it ... people will never know what’s in that bill until we pass it, the president signs it and they have a whole new range of protections they never had before.” [emphasis added]

Did I hear (or rather, read) that right? Pass a bill before knowing what's in it?

Are you kidding me?

I'm thinking of an old Yiddish proverb.

[Hat Tip: James Taranto]
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