Thursday, May 14, 2015

What's missing

Rand Paul, discussing the trade agreement that dare not speak its name:
Paul said he thinks the “secretive” process hurts the “cause” of TPA and TPP advocates, and is calling on the Obama administration to publicly release the deal’s details before future votes on the matter in the U.S. Senate.

“The thing is is that I think it actually hurts their cause by making it so secretive—while I can’t discuss the details of what was in there because of them calling it secret, I didn’t see anything that I didn’t think couldn’t be made public with a problem,” Paul said. “If so, I’m missing something because we read through 800 pages of it and we didn’t see anything that I couldn’t conclude couldn’t be made public.”
What's missing is accountability.


jerrye92002 said...

Sounds like "we have to pass it to find out what's in it."

Bike Bubba said...

Bingo. Do everything in secret, make sure each bill you get passed has some major turds in it, and then wonder why nobody trusts you.

Gino said...

since when does congress actually read the bills they vote on?
something tells me this whole kerfluffle is manufactured for reasons we wont know.

jerrye92002 said...

Fair enough. Our representatives don't often read the whole text of bills before them; they let staff do it. It's quite another thing, though, to actively DENY any Congressperson OR staffer OR member of the media OR the public access to proposed legislation. That still smacks of an attempt at royal decree. Not surprising from the Emperor with no clothes.