This is how they get things done in Washington. Lobbyists basically write legislation giving their respective special interests massive financial benefits, and they get legislators to sign on by telling them that there’s no time to debate it or even read it. It’s an emergency. “If you don’t vote for this bill, then you’ll be responsible for shutting down the government.” Paul Ryan may as well have echoed Nancy Pelosi when she said that they had to pass the bill to find out what was in it.
Everyone is expected to be good “team players.” If they’re not going to be good team players, they’re not going to want to find out what will happen to them. According to Breitbart, the lobbyists knew a lot more about what was in the spending bill than lawmakers did:
The ugly work that went into the massive pork-filled omnibus spending bill snaking its way through congress is now starting to be exposed.
And it’s not for the faint at heart. Members of congress had little input in the bill and didn’t even in many cases know what was in it.
Senator Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Republican of Alabama, in a blistering interview Thursday night, shed some light on the details.
According to Sessions, lawmakers found out what was in the bill by talking to lobbyists, who had a better idea than they did as to what was being included in the bill. “No member of even the House and Senate knew what was going on,” he told Portland, Oregon talk show host Lars Larson. “Special interests did because we heard from lobbyists what some things were being considered.”
Sessions went on to note that basically four members of congress put the deal together without consulting their colleagues. “It’s not right for ultimately four members, in secret — for reasons we have no understanding of — to make critical decisions on things,” he said.
Sessions also bristled and how the bill was quickly presented to members of congress with little time to consider it. “This kind of process is unhealthy … because in a matter of panic before Christmas we’re told ‘you either vote for this bill or shut the government down and that would be a colossal disaster.’”
Paul Ryan might be the new boss, but he’s the same as the old boss. He wouldn’t be in the position he’s in now if he couldn’t be easily controlled. Who knows what personal scandals Ryan is involved with that he’d do anything to keep covered up. The more corruption and scandals, the better it is for those in control (lobbyists and large corporations) to get what they want.
Of course, the same goes for every member who voted for the spending bill. They’re probably all involved with some kind of scandalous behavior whether it be prostitutes or drugs, and they know that if they decide to grow a backbone now, that tomorrow maybe some information or photos will be “leaked” to the media. It’s a lot easier and more profitable to just play the game and be good team players.