Thursday, April 2, 2009
The Dog and Pony Show - The Deal Was Done
The deal that was cut behind closed doors was announced yesterday by Senator Luke Kenley who briefed reporters on the details yesterday...but insisted the information be kept secret until midnight. Midnight??? Hmm, what is significant about that time? It's that it is after the 11 p.m. television news broadcasts. So much for Kenley's claim he wanted a process open to the public. Yes, open to the public...after the deal had been struck. What you saw in the Senate Appropriations Committee was a dog and pony show to give the Senators the chance to claim they considered public input. I don't think the public was fooled though. The deal was done and the votes were lined up before the committee meeting started at 9 a.m.