Wednesday, August 05, 2009
The latest of the Augustine Commission's public meetings is being held in DC today. A lot of material, some of it from alleged insiders and some openly published, as been trickling out of the Commission's work - although what is popping up in the press has sometimes been contradictory. My problem with the several public meetings the Commission has held in various locations (overall, a good thing) is that, if you review the agenda for each meeting, 15 to 30 minutes is allocated for public comment. Fifteen minutes? What kind of meaningful comment are you going to get in a window like that? Remaining meetings of the Commission (scheduled to report out by 8/31) should be extended so there is at least an hour for members of the public (remember who is funding all this) to make comments.