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How to hide unpopular amendments...Posted Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at 4:36 PM
This afternoon I came across a story that really bugged me and I thought I'd share.
The story, found here http://www.christianpost.com/article/200... , deals with the House of Representatives slipping a hate crimes amendment that has caught some heat in the past through as part of the Defense Department's budget.
The amendment would include a host of groups in current hate crime legislation including homosexuals, etc. My issue is not with the amendment. Regardless of whether I agree with them, I won't be attacking anyone. My problem stems from the idea that when something is unpopular the government can just slide it through on some other bill.
While earmarks have been a controversial issue for years, it makes me furious to see such intentional deception at the national level.
I can't say I see a great alternative to earmarks, but its time for a "change" for lack of a better word.
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