Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Holy Shit Batman

I get more than a little worried when Bush says he needs a bill passed in a hurry. He's already in fear monger mode, if the democrats don't pass this law immediately then we're all screwed. Well were all in trouble anyway so maybe we should take a second a breath, lets make sure the bill is actually going to help the situation. Lets make sure that those who have fucked our economy up aren't going to be getting millions for their failures, the reality is that it won't make any significant difference, but its very important for the moral of the country not to allow these people to reap huge rewards off our taxes. Most importantly though lets make sure that those who are in control of this are accountable. They seriously have a provision in this bill saying that the unelected treasury department cannot be reviewed by congress or the courts. Thomas Jefferson would be whippin' Bush's ass right now. Even Alexander Hamilton would be like, woah, thats a little crazy, and I knew Arron Burr so I know crazy - fucker shot me. (sorry history class kicking in)

Luckily it sounds like congress is going to try to do it job, it should be noted (time for Gov class) that the Legislative branch is NOT designed to be efficient. It's an intentionally slow process, they had this wacky notion that some thought should go into new laws. There needs to be back and forth, compromises must be hammered out and that takes time. Congress is not supposed to ebb and flow with the whims of the masses, it must keep its head clear of short term worries and focus on the long term good of the country. The Wars and the Patriot act should be good enough examples of why Congress needs to be more concerned with writing good bills than getting them out quickly.
“It would not be understandable if members of Congress sought to use this emergency legislation to pass unrelated provisions, or to insist on provisions that would undermine the effectiveness of the plan
To use a phrase I never thought I would, I agree with Bush (Ahhhhh!!!) that congress shouldn't use this emergency bill to try to pass unrelated shit. I honestly don't think anyone will. But his part about undermining the effectiveness is the important part, does accountability decrease effectiveness? Only if your goal is to rob the American people. I really don't think that statement is crazy either, I'm honestly afraid that this is going to turn into an even bigger swindle of taxpayers money for the profit of the super rich than the Wars. Honestly how else can you explain this provision, which I mentioned before.
"Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency."
That shit needs to go, fuck everything else that needs to go.
Ugh, well I need some grub. If you want better info heres some links.
USNews.com lots and lots of info and links
Crooks and Liars, lots of info and a heavy bias
The Rude Pundit, some info, a heavy bias, lots of swearing but by the end you be in agreement.

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