From the Office of Speaker Paul Ryan, October 27, 2009:
"Secrecy No More"As Dems Plot Gov't Takeover of Health Care Behind Closed Doors, Freshmen Republicans Leading Charge of OpennessWhile Democrats continue to plot a government takeover of health care behind closed doors, Republicans are leading an unprecedented effort to bring much-needed sunlight and transparency to the process by which bills become laws. A group of freshmen House Republicans held a news conference yesterday to highlight GOP transparency initiatives, including “read the bill" reform that would require all bills to be posted online for a minimum of 72 hours before they are brought to a vote. “We want to help foster a more open and transparent and accountable debate in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH) said at the event. For his part, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) stated yesterday that “all of these open government and transparency issues that we’re offering are rules we will live by once we’re in the majority.”FOX NEWS ANCHOR BILL HEMMER: “We may see a final version of the House health care reform bill by the end of the week. That’s according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. This coming as a group of the freshmen Republican congressman holding a news conference yesterday calling for greater transparency and more time to read the bill. How novel.”
REP. MIKE COFFMAN (R-CO): “What the freshmen Republicans here want is what the American people want, and that is more transparency and a more deliberate process.”
REP. LYNN JENKINS (R-KS): “Speaker Pelosi promised the ‘most open’ Congress in history, but the reality is anything but.”
They never meant a word of it. Not a single word.REP. CHRIS LEE (R-NY): “At the end of the day, the American public who is cheated when we do not have an opportunity to review what’s in given legislation.”
Which is why it is entirely possible that the Ghost of Duplicity Present will be showing Paul Ryan a mob burning him in effigy in the Janesville, Wisconsin town square.
And. with a few lucky breaks, the Ghost of Duplicity Yet To come will be previewing Ryan's future in 2018: sobbing uncontrollably and handing his gavel over to a Democrat.
Behold, a Tip Jar!