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Dang! I Actually Agree With 'The Boner'

Like a stopped clock, Republicans sometimes get stuff right


Just caught an article on one of the right-wing religious sites about House Resolution 554, a bill that would amend House rules to require that the final text of legislation and conference reports be posted on the Internet at least 72 hours before the House votes on them—and it's actually got bipartisan support!

The resolution wouldn't apply to bills deemed to require "emergency" consideration, but it would require anything that is posted to be "conveniently accessible using existing technology, anonymously and at no cost, in a format that is searchable by text."

Of course, there's no doubt why the Repugnicans want this: It'll give them three days to rally the troops to protest any legislation that doesn't fit their political agenda, whether or not there's any actual merit to the measure, but I agree with House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Erection) who wrote in a blog posting, "It’s just common sense: the American people should be given time to read major bills before they come to a vote in Congress."

What this forced posting may do for Democrats is to give them a swift kick in the pants so that they'll finally ramp up their own "talking points" people to get out before the media to defend legislation to the public, so that there can be real debate on the merits of these proposals. Of course, the 'Pugs won't have any problem misstating the purposes of the legislation and even misquoting it, as they so often do, but at least, if people are motivated enough to check the text on issues in which they're interested, it'll be there for their own interpretation ... if they aren't part of "Idiot America."







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