How can ANYONE justify blindly voting for this stimulus without reading it?

@Taskr36 (13925)
United States
February 14, 2009 7:50am CST
These morons are blindly voting for a bill that even the fastest reader on the planet couldn't get through in the time they had. not only are they blindly voting for it, they're flying in this moron Sherrod so he can vote in the senate when he hasn't even seen the first page of it. There is no way that anyone can claim it's a good bill when they haven't read the thing. There are almost 300 more pages than there were in the last version passed by the senate. Can you imagine how much crap someone can fit into 300 pages? Pelosi could have handwritten in a part about how liberal women get free botox and nobody would know because they didn't read it. This is to the democrats here on mylot. Would YOU sign a thousand page document without reading ANY of it? If not then why in god's name would you vote for someone who did?
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@irishidid (8521)
• United States
14 Feb 09
It doesn't make any sense. Maybe Bono can do an updated version of Give A Man A Job. Probably be more effective. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jiUu8od_I8
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@mscott (1924)
• United States
14 Feb 09
They just made sure there own little pet projects were in there and then they signed off. It just shows the lack of caring these people really have for the country. It is all about the money. You would think after they screwed up with the TARP money and not knowing where that went they would take a little more time with this bailout but oh no.
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@overhere (516)
• United States
14 Feb 09
I as a Brit living in America am amazed at the way Bills are voted on here but please do a little research. This is exactly how most major pieces of legislation are voted on. Indignation is justified but so out of place aimed at the "democrats" for this practice. The one that springs to mind immediately is the Patriot Act most member's admitted they never read that one either it is totally common practice to not read legislation they vote on so cut the indignation. Do some research and you will discover there is an activist group trying to force members to sign when they vote to say they have read a bill go join them but don't suggest anything that happened now isn't what has been going on for forever, the same practice's for assessing the merits or not were adopted as on every other vote live with or change the system.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
14 Feb 09
The Patriot Act was signed years ago. It was a piece of garbage and I don't care for those who signed it without reading it either. THIS however will plunge our country deeper into debt than we've ever been. No president in the history of our nation has spent $1,000,000,000,000.00 in his first month of office. For them to blindly sign a bill like that, without even ATTEMPTING to read it, is revolting. Even if they WANTED to read it, it was not physically possible to do in that period of time. I know that most senators and congressman don't fully read each bill before passing it, but they should and we should demand that of them. You can't justify such a disgusting act simply by saying it's happened before. NEVER BEFORE has $1 trillion been blindly signed away, never.
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• United States
14 Feb 09
This was beyond irresponsible. How can they vote on spending that much money without reading it first. Heck they should not vote on anything they have not fully read. This whole thing is a mess. Hopefully people will remember this in the next election.
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@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Taskr, No way would I sign something with out reading it. I do watch those who I am voting for and what they voted on. That is why I knew where Miss Clinton and Obama voted when things happened in the Senate as far as Bush. I do not support either of them or their tactics, not because of personal feelings but voting issues. Ainge
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I just wish more people would research the candidates like that. I actively check every candidates ratings by the ACU and ADA to see how they are judged by both parties and where they've voted on critical bills. Anyone could research that within a few hours to get a quick rundown on their candidates, but most just listen to a few speeches. As we know, NO politician is 100% honest during their speeches. Their record, however, doesn't lie.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
15 Feb 09
One of the senators from my state (Arlen Specter)has stated that he read every line and every change (He made some of those changes). Now, Arlen is a smart guy. He's a Penn grad and an attorney who has spent about 30 years in the US senate so I don't really see this legislation would be too much for him and I have no reason to doubt that he read the whole thing. If people believe that their senator or congressman did NOT read or understand the entire thing, I can see where they might have a problem and should probably address it. However, I'm fairly confident that the senators from my state and at least my own congressman (Joe Sestak) were capable of reading and understanding the entire stimulous package and did so.
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I don't care how smart he is or what college he graduated from. It's not possible to read 1,071 pages that fast. The fastest reader in the Guiness book of World Records would have required 12 straight hours without so much as a bathroom break to read the entire thing and that's not even dealing with the fact that in a spending bill you have to reread sections that reference one another to get a full gist of what's in there. "The 1,071-page measure was posted on a congressional Web-site Thursday night, allowing lawmakers just a few overnight hours to read it before debate on the House and Senate floors today." Since Arlen Specter and Joe Sestak didn't even get an honorable mention in there I seriously doubt they could read the bill in a fraction of the time that the record holder could. I honestly think it's naive of you to have that much faith in your politicians when it is physically impossible for them to have read and understood it in such a short period of time.
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• United States
14 Feb 09
NONE of the people who voted for it read the danged thing! Some democrats insist that their staff members read PORTIONS of it, but NONE OF THE POLITICIANS who voted FOR it actually read it! Nobody really knows what exactly is in that monster document, for all we know there could be a provision in there eliminating elections or relinquishing our sovereignty to the UN, or some other detrimental provision, and we won't know about it until it's already a done deal. Freaking morons! I bet 0bama didn't even read it and is unaware of what EXACTLY he'll be approving!