Friday, June 26, 2009

Harry Reid: doubling down on his own ignorance

It's nice when our political leaders acknowledge that they're passing massive changes to our economy without even reading what it is that they're passing. And Harry Reid is quite up front about it.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev.) will not commit to giving senators and the public a full week to read and review the final version of a health-care reform bill before he holds a final vote on it.

Reid confessed at his Thursday news briefing that he did not have “a lot of time” to read the 1,071-page stimulus bill before voting on it in February.

He was unapologetic, however, about the way Congress rushed that bill through before it could be reviewed by senators and the public, and declined to commit to giving senators and the public at least a week to read the final version of health-care reform bill before calling a vote on it.

“Looking back, I don’t know how much time people had," Reid said about the stimulus bill in response to a question from "I know that I didn’t have a lot of time."
Remember that bill. They had to rush it through before the three-day weekend before Obama would come back to sign the thing. They couldn't, however, give up a couple days of that weekend to actually read the more than 1000 pages that they were voting on. So how much time will they need for the health bill? A few hours hours between midnight and 3 am?