There are so many things wrong with the “cromnibus” spending bill that I hardly know where to begin. Let’s start with the fact that members of the House had less than 24 hours to review the bill before they had to vote on it. The chances that anyone actually read the 1,600-page conglomeration, and knew all of the pork that was packed in it, are just about zero.
Some argue that the torture of innocents under the Bush/Cheney program simply needs to be reformed. But you can't reform the abuse of a program when the program is abuse. You can't defend constitutional liberties with a program that is by definition set against constitutional liberties. In the end, you don't fight tyranny by becoming the tyrant.