Friday, January 08, 2010

Maybe I'll watch the State of the Union address on C-SPAN

Candidate Barack Obama promised complete transparency into the health care debates at least eight times and made it a centerpiece of his campaign. In recent days, C-SPAN management vocally endorsed the concept of televised negotiations... to no avail.

"The C-SPAN networks will commit the necessary resources to covering all of these sessions LIVE and in their entirety," Lamb wrote. "We will also, as we willingly do each day, provide C-SPAN’s multi-camera coverage to any interested member of the Capitol Hill broadcast pool."

Lamb reminded the leaders that "President Obama, Senate and House leaders, many of your rank-and-file members, and the nation’s editorial pages have all talked about the value of transparent discussions on reforming the nation’s health care system. Now that the process moves to the critical stage of reconciliation between the Chambers, we respectfully request that you allow the public full access, through television, to legislation that will affect the lives of every single American."

Specifically, then-Sen. Obama said on the campaign trail that "we'll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so the people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who is making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies."

In reality, a mini-Politburo consisting of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Rahm Emanuel are redesigning one-sixth of the United States economy in secret and behind locked doors.

Given Barack Obama's egregious lies during the campaign, I'd encourage you to forego the State of the Union address. Or, if determined to watch it, just remember that every statement he utters possesses all the accuracy of his C-SPAN promises.

A live polygraph feed during the State of the Union would be entertaining indeed.