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The Secret Stimulus Bill

February 13th, 2009 No comments

Update, 2:45p.m. I finally did successfully download a searchable pdf file of Part A of the bill. It’s from the Appropriations Committee website– the Speaker’s website still doesn’t work. I’ve posted part A on my website, at http://Rasmusen.org/t/2009/Recovery_Bill_Div_A.pdf. It’s surprising how sloppy the Congressional staff is. The file has lots of text inserts and pencilled in corrections, and no overall page numbers. And they had all night to pretty it up. Pelosi’s office staff is not competent, if they’re the ones who handled the drafting.

From Human Events:

“The American people have a right to know what’s in this bill,” Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind) told HUMAN EVENTS after the press conference. “Every member of Congress — Republicans and Democrats — voted to post this bill on the internet for 48 hours, 48 hours ago. We’ll see if the Democrats keep their word.”

Actually — as of 5:15 pm, the Democrats had broken their word. The stimulus bill — which we still haven’t seen — will be released late tonight and will be brought up on the House floor at 9 am tomorrow.

and

The following statement was released by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer at 4:57 p.m.:

“The House is scheduled to meet at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and is expected to proceed directly to consideration of the American Recovery and Reinvestment conference report. The conference report text will be filed this evening, giving members enough time to review the conference report before voting on it tomorrow afternoon.”

The Democrats finally made the bill’s language available around 11 p.m. Thursday, approximately 10 hours before members meet Friday to consider the bill …

and in another article later,

Democratic staffers released the final version of the stimulus bill at about 11 pm last night after delaying the release for hours to put it into a format which people cannot “search” on their home computers.

Instead of publishing the bill as a regular internet document — which people can search by “key words” and otherwise, the Dems took hours to convert the final bill from the regular searchable format into “pdf” files, which can be read but not searched.

Three of the four .pdf files had no text embedded, just images of the text, which did not permit text searches of the bill. That move to conceal the bill’s provisions had not been remedied this morning at the time of publication of this article. (You can find the entire bill on the House Appropriations [http://appropriations.house.gov] website.)

From readthestimulus.org at 1:10 pm on Friday, the Human Events allegation seems to be true. I can’t even download the files myself, either from the Speaker’s office or the Appropriations Committee site.

The final language has been posted; you can find links to the various docs at the Speaker’s website. Update: The speaker’s website is apparently down. Imagine that. Docs are also available here.

The total size of the four major files is over 100MB, and consists of 1419 pages. Three of the four files are huge “scanned” PDFs, meaning they were created by printing the original document and then scanning it in again — and therefore contain no real “text” that can be easily searched. This will make our parsing process difficult and more time consuming, so we most likely won’t have our versions ready until midday tomorrow. But we’ll see…

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A List of Prominent Democrats in Trouble

January 21st, 2009 No comments
  1. Senator Dodd, Chairman of Senate Finance Committee, (preferential mortgage treatment)
  2. Tom Daschle, nominee for Secy. of HHS, tax evasion.
  3. Rep. Rangel, Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee, Taxes.
  4. Blagojevich,Governor of Illinois, selling a Senate seat.
  5. Richardson, Governor of New Mexico, Obama Cabinet pick, grand jury investigation.
  6. Spitzer, Mayor of New York, hiring a prostitute.
  7. Larry Langford, Mayor of Birmingham (2008). Indicted for bribery.
  8. Marion Barry, former Mayor of Washington (2009)(current City Councilor). Failure to file income taxes (his cocaine conviction was a long time ago).
  9. Sam Adams, Mayor of Portland, Oregon (2009). Homosexual relations with a teenager.
  10. Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit Mayor (2008). Charged with perjury, obstruction of justice and official misconduct stemming from a sex scandal and a whistle-blower lawsuit
  11. Sheila Dixon, Mayor of Baltimore (2009) indicted
    for perjury, theft, misconduct in office
    .

  12. Bernie Madoff (2008).
  13. William Jefferson (D-La). Racketeering, soliciting bribes, money laundering
  14. Attorney-General nominee Eric Holder (2008). (Marc Rich pardon, Puerto Rican terrorist pardon, testimony under oath that he’d not heard of Rich when in fact his office had litigated against a Rich company in 1995, while Rich was on the 10 Most Wanted list)
  15. Treasury nominee: Geithner (2008). Cheating on taxes.

An earlier post said this:

A WSJ op-ed made me realize that the list of post-election scandals has gotten amazingingly long. What good timing luck the Democrats have had!

We might include the Acorn, Minnesota recount, and Ohio plumber-disclosure small-fry Democratss.

Name That Party is a website that looks at new stories about politicians in trouble with attention to whether their party affiliation is mentioned (yes, if Republican) or not (if Democratic).

There are some Reublicans too, but fewer and less prominent (Senator Stevens being the exception):

  1. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) 2008 False statements on Senate disclosure forms
  2. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) 2008 Extortion, wire fraud, money laundering
  3. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) 2007 Bathroom homosexual solicitation
  4. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) 2007. Trading political favors for gifts. Convicted, sentenced to 2.5 years in prison
  5. Don Young (R-Alaska) 2008. “Under investigation”. Four separate federal investigations: a $10 million earmark for a road in Florida, assistance to convicted VECO executive Bill Allen, ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, financial relationship with indicted businessman Dennis Troha.
  6. Vito J. Fossella (R-NY) (2008). Drunk driving, adultery.
  7. Joseph L. Bruno former New York Senate Majority Leader for New York: indicted for mail fraud, January 2009.

Looking at just what has been revealed about Rep. Rangel so far, he seems to have done far worse than Senator Stevens.

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