Friday, February 13, 2009

The 1,400 Page, $789 Billion Stimulus Plan No One has Read

The text of President Obama's $789 billion stimulus plan was made available for the first time last night at 11:00 pm EST, approximately 10 hours before members of congress will be expected to vote on the plan, which is more than 1,400 pages long.

"A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe"
- President Barack Obama

"[W]e wanted to see it in writing... We wanted to take all the time that was necessary to make sure it was right."
- Representative Nancy Pelosi

In the 10 hours members of congress have to read the plan, they will have to read a minimum of 720 words per minute without taking a break in order to "make sure it was right" before voting. In other words, not one single member of congress will have read the entire bill before casting their vote for or against.

In case you were wondering, the founding fathers debated the Declaration of Independence for more than a year,[1] because doing nothing was better than doing the wrong thing.

1 comment:

chris said...

Obama said he was bringing change to Washington. Why not begin with the legislative process. At the very least can we have our representatives read and understand what they are voting for?

I remember the NAFTA legislation 15 years ago. Several members of congress who voted for it now claim they had no idea of some of the provisions which have now become unpopular.

Why not vote on something you have read. That is change I can believe in.