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:
- 6 Things You Won’t Believe That Are In The Fiscal Cliff Bill That The Senate Passed At 2 AM While Most Americans Were Drunk, by Joe Weisenthal, Business Insider (Jan. 1, 2013).
…why is the bill 157-pages long?
There’s a provision extending a tax policy related to Puerto Rican rum… a tax credit for 2- and 3-wheel electric vehicles… An extension of some special rules for the film and television business… A gift to the car-racing world… Help to asparagus farmers…
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.”
This work, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.