Two news articles this week turned my thoughts to the issue of the public’s “right to know” about how government conducts business — more specifically how government spends our money.
U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., with support of fellow Republicans and some Democrats, wants to change Senate rules with a resolution that requires posting all bills and their cost estimates on a Web site at least 72 hours before votes on them by subcommittees and committees. The impetus for the resolution comes from the health care reform bill now heading to a Senate committee vote.
Among the better features of the English language is that it leaves room for its users to make up words of their own—blog, for example—import words from other tongues—rendezvous, comes to mind—or freight old words with new meanings—like filibuster.
The political soap opera involving impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich caused a ripple effect in the U.S. Senate.
Blagojevich was governor when it was time to replace President Barack Obama in the Senate. Despite advice, warnings and political threats to not make an appointment to Obama’s vacated Senate seat, Blagojevich did.