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This can't mean what it looks like it means. Because if it does, it's pitchfork and torch time, and I think I can say, based on the diverse political inclinations of the people who have emailed it to me, handing out 700 billion dollars under this deal could result in a fully bipartisan, mass public lynching:

Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.

Here's more, this part terrified my conservative friend because he reads it to mean they're going to hire cheap, illegal immigrant labor with impunity. He's right, in the sense that this allows the fed to hire anyone and give them any status, and not only can no one do anything about, no one will even know about it:

(b) Necessary Actions.--The Secretary is authorized to take such actions as
the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the authorities in this Act, including, without limitation ...

(1) appointing such employees as may be required to carry out the authorities in this Act and defining their duties ...

(2) entering into contracts, including contracts for services authorized by section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, without regard to any other provision of law regarding public contracts ...

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 05:48 PM PDT.

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