Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Let's Get the Money Back in Politics!

When I posted a link on Twitter on Facebook yesterday to the first bill scheduled for a vote in the Senate lame duck session — the Promoting Natural Gas and Electric Vehicles Act of 2010 — people asked a good question: why, given the time restraints and all the important issues that need to be dealt with, is this bill getting the first vote?

One possible answer is that the vote is part of a straight-up quid pro quo (via an Oct. 6 piece from subscription-only Roll Call):

Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens said Wednesday he thinks that Sen. Harry Reid will be able to move an alternative fuels subsidy bill in a lame-duck session in part because of Pickens’ promise not to make campaign contributions this cycle

For my pre-Vatican II brethren, would this be quid pro nihil?

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1 comment:

Dad29 said...


It's Quid pro kaka. (Kaka is Greek)