“These are gigantic packages…and a lot of the people really involved don’t even know what’s inside the packages.”
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Vice President Biden blames lack of public approval on lack of public comprehension due to the size and complexity of Obama legislative packages.
As is his wont the Vice President makes an inadvertent admission. “The people really involved” are the Senators and Congressmen who voted to enact these “gigantic packages.” We, The People will have to suffer the consequences over many years as we, The President, The Vice President and the Senators and Congressmen who enacted “gigantic packages” learn by living through them what the consequences will be.
Most Americans know that most of the Senators and Congressmen who voted to enact thousand of pages of new law and changes to existing law in the ObamaCare bill, the energy bill, the recently enacted financial regulation bill and the $800 Billion Recovery Act (AKA “stimulus”) did not read them, and could not comprehend them if they did.
These bills are so “gigantic” and complex that it’s simply not possible to even consider all the consequences, even if one read every page. Consider this one paragraph example from the Stimulus/Recovery Act about Transit Assistance.
To figure out what this means one would have to:
- read section 5302 of title 49, US Code to learn what kinds of grants are authorized, and
- Read section 5307 of Title 49, US Code to learn what types of grants 80% of the money is to be spent on, and
- Read subsections i, l, and j to see what kinds of grants are prohibited, and
- Read section 5340 to learn how 10% of the funds are to be spent, and
- Read section 5311 to learn how the last 10% of funds are to be spent.
To be careful and thorough a Congressman should look into the historical performance of each of these grant programs to determine if they have been efficient and cost effective in the past. Conscientious due diligence on just this one-half of one page could take a Senator and his staff a week to complete.
Each of Biden’s “gigantic packages” includes thousands of amendments to other laws and programs.
- Nobody in the Administration or Congress could possibly imagine all the potential consequences, intended, or unintended that could result.
- Nobody could possibly imagine all the ways changes in different, disparate programs could combine with changes in other programs to produce unanticipated consequences in the broader economy.
The Bottom Line
The best word to characterize enacting these “gigantic packages” without any way to understand the consequences is: