Thursday, October 05, 2006

Secret votes and unfree speech

Senators have power to place secret hold on Senate Bills

A bill comes before the Senate. It allows for full public disclosure of government spending. If Congress spends $800 on a toilet, we can find out. Sounds like a good idea, but when the vote comes up any Senator has the ability to place a "secret hold" on the bill. Basically, the vote is stopped, and the Senator in question remains anonymous.

Alaska Senator Ted Stevens and West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd did just that. Byrd later lifted his hold, but the fact that any Senator can do something like this anonymously is pretty outrageous. IN fact, our elected leaders shouldn't be doing ANYTHING at work anonymously. The last time I looked, a democratic government was supposed to be transparent. I guess our politicians don't agree.

Hopefully the bill gets through and hopefully this "secret hold" rule is canned, but I doubt it. Until the politicians are booted out of Washington, things like this will continue.

And speaking of fascists, did anyone see the news clips of the student protests at Columbia University? Apparently, the leaders of the Minutemen were invited to speak, and about one hour into it a socialist student political group stormed the stage and incited a physical altercation. One of the Minutemen leaders (a black man) was even verbally assaulted with racial slurs. So much for free speech. I thought the Left was supposed to support tolerance and openness. I guess that only applies to those who share their point of view. Add Columbia University to the long list of far left institutions that have lost touch with mainstream America.

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