The PJ Tatler

Obama Promised Transparency, and Just Gave His Second Jobs Speech. Now Where's the Bill?

President Obama delivered his second jobs speech in a week, and said he was sending his American Jobs Act to Congress. He even held up a thick stack of papers that he said was the bill.

But where’s the bill?

It’s not on the White House’s web site, at least as of this writing. The WH site has a page that encourages readers to “read all the details,” but the details aren’t there in the form of a bill. What’s there are a few sets of talking points and a video of the president’s speech from last week. This strikes me as pretty basic: If you want people to understand and support your bill, you should make it available.

In 2008, candidate Obama made the following promise:

Sunlight Before Signing: Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House Web site for five days.

Great promise. I’m sure the president is packed up to hit the road and sell his ideas. Now where’s the bill?