Questions on ACORN to Limbaugh-style tax cuts to TV cameras in the stimulus conference room.
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* Insisting that every single proposal put in this final product have tagged with it the name of the proposing Senator or Congressman. Money for ACORN? The American people not only have a right to know who took it out of the Senate bill (Specter? Someone else?) they have a right to know who put it in the House bill in the first place. If change has really come to Washington, it is way past time for both the American people — not to mention every member of Congress — to know just who is adding exactly what to this bill. The word for this is: accountability.
* Lobbyists. Anyone with two seconds worth of time in Washington knows that lobbyists — very well-paid lobbyists — have a role in all of this. Just who are these people? Which lobbyists? For whom? What did they want in the bill? Who put it in the bill for them?
Anyone who has spent time watching Specter has to know that his vote for anything is always uncertain. Certainly, President Obama is going to get his way on this bill. Even had Specter, Snowe and Collins opposed it, Obama was still going to carry the day. But a clear line of responsibility for the results? On the eve of what could be a bruising re-election fight in Pennsylvania, Specter will want to make sure that the lines of accountability are clear, that his remaining role in this drama is known precisely. The Pennsylvania natives, as the saying goes, are restless.
Will Arlen Specter push to open up the Conference so his constituents and the rest of the country can get the transparency President Obama has asked for?
Did he — would he — scuttle ACORN?
What exactly is the real percentage of tax cuts to spending in the bill he approved? And why?
Inquiring minds all over Pennsylvania would like to know.