Steny Hoyer reveals more than his colleagues probably wanted him to about the way they care to operate:House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that the health-care reform bill now pending in Congress would garner very few votes if lawmakers actually had to read the entire bill before voting on it.
"If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn't read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes," Hoyer told CNSNews.com at his regular weekly news conference.
Hoyer was responding to a question from CNSNews.com on whether he supported a pledge that asks members of the Congress to read the entire bill before voting on it and also make the full text of the bill available to the public for 72 hours before a vote.
In fact, Hoyer found the idea of the pledge humorous, laughing as he responded to the question. "I'm laughing because a) I don't know how long this bill is going to be, but it's going to be a very long bill," he said.
This is no surprise to anyone who's paid attention (as you have, by reading this blog), but it's very interesting to hear a prominent Democrat leader actually admit it out loud. Sadly, it illustrates the point that the democratic process is dying in America. Michelle Malkin sums it up this way:
This tactic has been used on every one of Obama's major initiatives, and there is no reason to think it won't continue happening until the American people demand a stop to it.
Obama lied, transparency died.
The joke's on you. And it keeps getting more and more expen$$$$ive every day.
Or vote the Dems out of leadership. That would work, too.
There's my two cents.