Re: [govtrack] New "Learn" section on GovTrack
- Josh:>get to the things you wouldn't know unless you're in Washington <Like how each of the apparently unrelated pork items in the Senate Bailout bill was directed at a specific member of the House who had voted against the previous Bailout bill, in an effort to change his vote? That was stated on Air America today, with several examples, including the "wooden arrows" for Oregon.The commentator also alleged that such 'sweeteners' were saved up by the Senatorial leadership for just such a purpose.I can't imagine a computer system, unassisted by a very knowledgeable human, that could scrape all the relevant facts together to verify or belie that allegation.Harvey=====================
Harvey S. Frey MD PhD Esq.
A dogmatic assertion always sounds
"stronger" than a rational assessment.
======================----- Original Message -----From: Josh TaubererTo: GovTrack ListSent: Thursday, October 02, 2008 5:16 PMSubject: [govtrack] New "Learn" section on GovTrack
I am in the process of adding a new section to GovTrack called "Learn"
that will be some expository writing on:
The U.S. Congress: Structure and Composition
How Congress Really Works (how a bill actually becomes a law)
United States Law & State Legislation (what is the "law"?)
Elections and Voting, and Money in Politics
The idea is to cover the basics briefly that most learn in grade school,
and then get to the things you wouldn't know unless you're in Washington
or on a mail list like this one.
If anyone has any desire to help writing out these sections, please let
me know. (I welcome ideas for other sections, but you'll have to write
- Josh Tauberer
> Like how each of the apparently unrelated pork items in the SenateI think this is one of the things that's "common knowledge" in DC.
> Bailout bill was directed at a specific member of the House who had voted
> against the previous Bailout bill, in an effort to change his vote? That was
Ezra Klein has a post about it today:
citing this 2006 piece arguing against the Sunlight Foundation: