C-Span To Obama: Put Up Or Shut Up

C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb sent letters to leaders in the House and Senate on Dec. 30 in which he urged them to allow C-Span to cover “all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings.”  

Lamb offered to “commit the necessary resources to covering all of the sessions LIVE and in their entirety.”

In short, he called upon the President to “walk the walk” and back up a promise he’s claimed for 2 years to do just that. In January of 2008, when then-Senator Barack Obama was mired in a campaign to grab the Democratic Nomination away from Hillary Clinton, he told America that his administration make sure health care negotiations would be available to the nation on C-Span:

“That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are.” (Emphasis mine)

It was Obama himself who, during his first month in office, announced that transparency would be a touchstone of the Obama administration:

Apparently, he forgot to notify Congress of the need for transparency. Or maybe he thought they undestood that when Nancy Pelosi told the American public when she became Speaker of the House in 2006:

“The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history.”

So much for restoring integrity: To this date, none of the important discussions on this legislation have been covered on C-Span.  This, of course, has resulted in mysteries like “The New Louisiana Purchase”  where  Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu was given a $300 million “deal sweetener” (which, of course, comes out of taxpayer’s pockets) in return for her support in providing the one more vote needed to have the necessary 60 votes to end cloture and move the legislation to the next level.

Without TV coverage to worry about, others strapped on their feedbags and jumped on board the “Cloture Opportunity Express” including, Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas who played her part, followed by Ben Nelson who also sold his soul vote for an exclusion of  Medicaid costs (costs which would be then passed on to be covered by other states, resulting in double taxation for the same service).

The behavior of the Democratic Congress throughout the process BEGS for the oversight of transparency, and who better to provide that oversight than the American people? Who knows? Maybe even the Mainstream Media (MSM) might even pull their heads out of their collective backsides to actually provide coverage.  I know, I know… and some day pigs may fly. 

But least someone besides Fox is now calling out the President to walk-the-walk. 

And that’s a first.  

Stay tuned. Literally.

Also, Michelle Malkin has her usual excellent coverage on this.

Gerry Ashley


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  2. TaxachusettsGirl says:

    I didn’t realize I fell asleep and woke up across the globe… If this is the USSR I need some Vodka to drown my sorrows…

    Does this government really think the general American public is that stupid? There’s a reason why approval ratings are tanking…

    • Gerry Ashley says:

      This goes beyond… WAY beyond approval ratings. Check out my follow-up rant enables Obama and company to skip the normal legislative process (to prevent Republicans from having any input).

      Obama, Pelosi & Reid have teamed up to ram this down our throats, even though polls have shown the American public is against this consistently.

      God help us if he plans to do the same thing with Crap and Trade. And yes, I meant to spell it that way.

      • TaxachusettsGirl says:

        I agree… The intentions are becoming more and more apparent.

        With the MSM the way it is, I feel like we have already become like any of those red countries. And everything that they have mentioned as a possibility like Crap (yes I agree) and Trade and “Net Neutrality” make me fear what they have up their sleeves that they AREN’T talking about, like repealing the term limit on the Presidency???

  3. Gerry Ashley says:

    A year ago, I was afraid that they (Congress) would repeal the term limit on the Presidency. A year ago, there was reason to worry.

    Since then, however, Obama’s true character has come out and his agenda has become obvious. Americans are waking up by the score and, at this point, I’d be surprised if Obama could win a second term. There’s a long time between now and then, and who knows what lies between now and then on his agenda?

    Today, I’m more concerned that he will manufacture a crisis, one that will justify (in his bloated ego)him cancelling the mid-term elections. It’s the ONLY way he’s going to be able to keep his “rubber stamp team” in position. Mark my words: He is planning something big along those lines. Although the crisis will be manufactured, the impact to us economically or in some other manner will be such that he will think he can pull it off.

    Another thing to watch out for is his FCC Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd who is right now preparing new “rules and regulations” for the FCC that will be presented as being implemented for fairness (equal exposure for “progressive” – aka left wing nutbags – broadcasts but will make it nearly impossible for stations to continue carrying shows like Rush Limbagh and Glenn Beck.

    And then, keep in mind that Jay Rockefeller has legislation (I believe it’s in comittee currently) that would enable Obama to pull the switch on the public’s access to the Internet “in an emergency.” The key question then becomes, “Who gets to define what constitutes an emergency?” If Bill Clinton could look at us with a straight face and tell the camera in a convincing tone that oral sex isn’t really sexual relations, just imagine what Obama will be able to say constitutes an emergency? That would go a long way toward neutralizing information before the fall election. How much of this is paranoia and how much of this is legitimate possibility? Like a soap opera, we’ll juat have to wait and see.

  4. Kam Maschoff says:

    Love your blog and believe that there is much to be learned here. I hope to be able to check back often and contribute when I believe I can.

  5. That was pretty interesting ready

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