Update: The Fiscal Cliff Process was an Atrocious, Secretive Mess

January 2, 2013 by
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John Wonderlich does a good job of summing up how openness was a casualty of the so-called fiscal cliff drama.

  • The Fiscal Cliff Process was an Atrocious, Secretive Mess, by John Wonderlich, Sunlight Foundation (Jan. 2, 2013).

    As we expected, the culmination of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations was a rush to the finish line, in which policies decided by a few men in a room were passed through the Congress without amendment.


Here is an interesting view of the bill that passed:

As Wonderlich said, “While Congress (and the rest of us) only just found out what was in the bill, a coterie of corporate lobbyists managed to get their profit-boosting tax expenditures included. It’s hard to imagine how NASCAR and Hollywood had stronger negotiating positions than the House of Representatives, but in the end, they did.”


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