Saturday, January 09, 2010

Sen. Barrasso and I agree on transparency

I suddenly find myself agreeing with Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso.

He wrote a letter to Sen. Harry Reid calling on more transparency in the upcoming debates over the merging of the House and Senate healthcare bills.

Let's forget for a second that the Senator's letter is politically motivated and has more to do with opposition to Pres. Obama that healthcare reform. Sen./Dr. Barrasso has opposed reform from the beginning -- and has said so endlessly on Fixed News. And we had so much transparency when Repubs ruled the Senate roost.

Yet, it's a good letter and worth reading. On Thursday night, Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" skewered Pres. Obama for this very same thing. Stewart showed clips of Obama's campaign promises contrasted with the reality of closing off the hearings to C-SPAN.

Come on, Sen. Reid. Let's see these hearings.

Here's part of Sen. Barrasso's Jan. 7 letter:

To ensure that the American people have the ability to witness the on-going negotiations between the House and Senate, we ask that any negotiations regarding a final health care reform bill be conducted in the light of day. The Chairman of C-SPAN, the network responsible for broadcasting the deliberations of Congress, has offered resources to cover all negotiation sessions live. We urge you to take him up on this offer.

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