“As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House Web site for five days.”
– Candidate Obama’s website
“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
– Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on the health care reform bill
“I would have never voted for the final version of the bill if I expected the Obama administration to force Catholic hospitals and Catholic colleges and Universities to pay for contraception.”
– Former U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Pa.
If Ms. Dahlkemper hadn’t already been voted out of office last year, she’d be a great candidate for being tossed out on her rump today, just for world-class naïveté – a condition unforgivable in the halls of power.
How dare she cast a crucial vote in favor of Obamacare – which no one in Washington, much less the public, appeared able to read before passage – and then lament what was in it. This is beyond gall.
Never mind that the monstrosity – the most serpentine, invasive, consequential act of Congress in memory – was passed in a whirlwind without due consideration of every word. It is the mere notion of granting the federal bureaucracy that much power that warranted its rejection.
How could the wide-eyed congresswoman, or anyone else, not have seen the danger in unleashing the federal behemoth on our private lives thusly? You grant bureaucrats and the Obama machinery that much authority – and then you’re surprised when they use it to their full ideological advantage?
What turnip truck did she fall off of?
The result of such negligence, of course, is that this administration announced plans to force the Catholic church and other institutions fundamentally opposed to contraception to provide it in their employees’ insurance policies.
Ms. Dahlkemper’s blunder underscores the fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives: Liberals believe, often blissfully blind, in the abject goodness of government – mountains of historical evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.
Candidate Obama played on Americans’ rightful skepticism of government when he promised transparency. “But the first bill Obama signed into law as president – the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – got no such vetting,” writes Politifact.com.
“Pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”? Really? Are you kidding?
This is what comes of it.