Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Secret Hold

Someone in the Senate does not want you to know how $2.5 trillion of your money is awarded to contractors, and that someone has ANONYMOUSLY blocked the issue from coming to a vote.

We've got to rat this person(s) out, and that means that the people of Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, New Hampshire, Utah, and West Virginia have work to do: Call your Senators and ask them to officially deny that they were the one(s) who put a secret hold to stop legislation sponsored by Senators Obama and Coburn from ever coming to a vote. Then, go to this website and report what you were told.

Here's what's going on: I first heard about this today while listening to Jack Cafferty on CNN's Situation Room. The relevant portion of the transcript is:

KING: Take care Max. Thank you. Now Jack Cafferty joins us from New York. Hi, Jack.

JACK CAFFERTY, CNN ANCHOR: John, how would you like to pull the curtain back on that secret little world of government contracting? Actually it's not so little.

Legislation introduced by Democrat Senator Barack Obama and Republican Senator Tom Coburn was supposed to do just that, give us a look inside. It would have brought transparency to $2.5 trillion worth of government contracts. You could just go online, see how much, who got the contract, et cetera. The bill did get through the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee earlier this summer, but a funny thing happened to it on the way to the Senate floor, an unknown senator has put a secret hold on this legislation, which means unless that same unknown senator lifts the hold, this measure will never be voted on.

Nobody knows who did this yet, but there's a Herculean effort underway to try to find out. Someone in the United States Senate doesn't think the public should know how $2.5 trillion of our money is awarded to government contractors. Now there are only 100 weasels in the U.S. Senate, so you'd think they could find out who did this and I hope they do.

Here's the question. Does a single senator have a right to keep $2.5 trillion in government contracts secret from the tax-paying public? Just incredible.

KING: Maybe the secret senator is watching and will send you a note.

CAFFERTY: Yes, I doubt that will happen. I really hope they find out who this is.

KING: We'll keep on it and we'll see what the answers are. Thank you, Jack.

Wednesday, 8/30 a.m. Update:

The only senators left as suspects on this website are from Alaska, Idaho, New Hampshire, and Nevada. Hmmm... WHO could it be???

The point is not so much that this block has been implemented (this technique has been used in the past for a variety of reasons - it's not the best way to do things, IMO, however), but the point is that this cowardly, sneaky senator has done it ANONYMOUSLY. He has not the intestinal fortitude to let his constituents (and the rest of the country) know that he is responsible from keeping information about their tax money from them. Rat this guy out and put him to shame, and keep screaming until this bill can be put to a vote, people.