Friday, February 20, 2009

Chicago-style Democracy in Action

Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid pushed through the biggest spending bill in history – without proper debate, without Republican input, and without any public scrutiny at all.
The massive appropriation called a stimulus (also called “porkulus” quite appropriately) – some $787 billion of your money – is not the change Obama advertised and promised. It is really a political war chest for the Democrats. They want to change the face of American politics forever, and they want to use your taxpayer money to do it. They are using billions from our treasury, hat we don’t have without more borrowing, to reward their political friends – and have huge amounts of cash to dole out before the 2010 and 2012 elections. This is the new bi-partisanship!

Some people have wondered why, if the country is in dire need of emergency “stimulus,” most of the money appropriated by this law will not even be spent this year. Instead, spending will go on for five to 10 years. There is no mystery here, as the answer is simple: These billions in taxpayer funds will fund the Democratic political machine for many years to come.

This is, of course, is not totally unexpected since – although the media won’t tell you this – Barack Obama is a product of the corrupt political machine in Chicago headed by Mayor Richard Daley.
Chicago is run as a one-party city. Now, the Democrat political machine and the government are one in the same. Just like we saw recently in Congress, there is no real debate in Chicago. Deals are brokered in the back rooms among the ward leaders, he mayor and their cronies. What the political machine decides, the public has to accept. The city council serves simply as a rubber stamp – much the same way the Congress just acted for Obama. And public money in Chicago is used to protect and serve the interests of the machine. Obama with the stimulus plan – is simply replicating the Chicago machine in Washington. It is a frightening thought because our freedoms depend on a vibrant two-party system.

Barack Obama and his Chicago gang, which includes his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, also a congressman from the Chicago machine, have a starkly different view. They want a one-party system headed by a strong man. We just witnessed how the basic and open democratic process of our
republic was flouted. We fear that the actions by Obama and Congress that we just witnessed
threaten the very foundation of our republic. Consider that we have long believed America is the greatest democracy in the world. Yet Congress passed the largest spending bill in its history – by
essentially suspending vital democratic processes, including debate and public examination of the pending law.

We know that the Democrats, working late into the night, secretly agreed on a “compromise” bill among themselves – and then refused even to share it with Republicans or the public until just hours before the bill went to the floor for a vote. The final stimulus bill was 1,079 pages long. We know Barack Obama never read the bill. Many members of Congress have admitted not one senator or congressman
even read the bill before they voted for it!

The Democrats say they suspended normal procedures because the country so desperately needed to avoid what Barack Obama said was an economic“catastrophe.” The bill apparently was so urgent that the Democrats even excluded Republican leaders from any involvement in negotiations on it. When, in our republic, does Congress simply vote on a bill when its
members have no idea what it says?

And, how could congressional leaders like Pelosi and Reid, as well as President Obama, present a monumental law but not allow even one day of scrutiny by Congress, its staffs or the public? Doesn't sound much like representative democracy!

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