A bigger bill means bigger government

This is really a bad sign.

Two Saturdays ago, it totaled just three pages — the White House’s request for $700 billion to rescue tottering financial institutions by buying their devalued mortgage-related assets.

After an intense weekend of negotiations, the draft of the bailout legislation before Congress had swelled to 42 pages.

The following Friday, after almost a week of marathon talks between Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and key lawmakers in both parties, the working version was up to 102 pages. It went down to defeat Monday in the House, mostly at the hands of Republicans.

Once the Senate was finished adding sweeteners Wednesday to entice reluctant House Republicans to change their minds and vote for the bailout, the bill heading for passage had grown to 451 pages.

It was unclear whether it would expand still more as House leaders hunted for the votes needed to clear the bill.

The increased verbiage means more and more people had their hand in writing it which makes me think of the proverbial ‘too many chefs spoil the soup’ analogy.  What it does mean is more and more special interests signed on to put their imprimatur in the legislation which means government has to get bigger to oversee or regulate or play a part in the legislation which means it’s gonna’ cost the taxpayer probably a lot more than initial estimates. Big government working for us.  NOT!!

George Bush and John McCain are on the same page

“I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.” – Jan. 29, 2001(GWB)

“I just want to make a comment about the obvious issue and that is the failure of Congress to act yesterday. Its just not acceptable. […] This is just a not acceptable situation. I’m not saying this is the perfect answer. If I were dictator, which I always aspire to be, I would write it a little bit differently.” September, 2008- John McCain