Monday, August 9, 2010



There haven't been many more perfectly symbolic actions than this one.

It was supposed to be some routine election-year largesse from Democrats: a $26 billion spending measure to aid two of the party's core constituencies, labor unions, and government workers.

But a watchdog Web site on Sunday evening spotted an unusual feature of the legislation, which the Senate approved by a 61-to-39 vote last week.

It doesn't actually have a name. Congress' official Web site calls it the "______Act of____" (PDF). Elsewhere, it's referred to as the "XXXXXX Act of XXXX."

Whatever the name, or no name, associated with the legislation, it may be too late to christen the bill properly. The Senate has left town until mid-September, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the House of Representatives back into session to vote on the same unidentified legislation.

During the Obamacare debate, there was call after call by Americans for Congress to "Read the Bill".

Apparently, Pelosi and her allies learned nothing.

If they can't even get the title right, how can we possibly expect the text within to be appropriately designated? If they can't pay enough attention to realize they haven't named their bill, it explains why they haven't paid attention to the Americans that are begging for Congress to restrain spending.

I'm sorry. I just can't get behind The XXXXXX Act of XXXX.

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