I imagine that over the next few weeks we are going to be hearing about all of the little prizes hidden inside the stimulus bill, now that someone actually has the time to read the thing.
CNET is already reporting that the Dems sneaked net neutrality in there. (Yes, I know this is a couple days old. Geeze, people, cut me some slack.)
Now, perhaps extensive Net neutrality regulations are wise. But enough people seem to have honest, deep-seated reservations about them to justify a sincere discussion of costs and benefits–rather than having the requirements stealthily injected into what supposed to be an emergency save-the-economy bill scheduled for a floor vote within a week or so.
This is the same point I brought up the other day. There are enough things in this bill that warrant full discussions and votes, such as health care, education, welfare, and energy reforms. It was wrongheaded and foolhardy to cram all this stuff into a bill that barely had time to be read, even by the people who were voting on it, let alone the public.
I have a feeling that the provisions lurking in the stimulus bill will make the CPSIA debacle look like good government.