Thursday, July 9, 2009

What do you mean "Read The Bill?"

I'm utterly, and truly amazed.


Astounded even.

I'm utterly and hopeless amused and ashamed by something I just read. What you may ask? Why the simple fact that the House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer (D-MD) recently told a reporter:
If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn’t read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes
Worse, he viewed the entire concept as one big joke.

While LAUGHING about the whole thing, this was his response:
I’m laughing because a) I don’t know how long this bill is going to be, but it’s going to be a very long bill
He's up there, the MAJORITY LEADER for the House of Representatives, and basically telling the nation, "well, hell, I don't read the bill, just that brief overview from when they started the legislative process. I don't really care about what's in it, so long as the right keywords are in the summary."

And this is one of the guys who's a supposed leader of the House.

I can see me, telling my boss, "well, you know, I didn't bother reading the actual requirements, or what the user wanted when I was building that software. I just kind of went with what I thought the document should say."

That'd be a quick trip to the unemployment line for yours truly.

Why on earth wouldn't a Representative or Senator WANT to read the Bill? Isn't it supposed to be their entire purpose in Washington in order to represent the PEOPLE in our Federal Government.

Our government is out of control. Our Representatives and Senators are passing who knows what (not even they know all of the laws which they pass) and We The People are suffering for it.

There's no one alive who knew the what the entirety of the over 1,500 page bill behind the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 was. It had not been released in its final form to the populace via THOMAS before it was voted on and passed through the House. What we did know was that it equaled to trillions in new taxes within the next 5 years all to supposedly make a less than .02 percent decrease in ambient temperatures possible over the next 50 years.

Think on that, trillions in new taxes that everyone gets to pay, all over some junk science that may or may not have an effectively undetectable difference on the global temperature. Yeah, that's good government there....

The same applies to the over 1,000 page American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009--worse, because of the stupidity found within that law, additional laws had to be created to make changes to it. Which wouldn't have been needed if they had provided the populace time to review the document, and if they, our elected representatives, had taken the time to review the document.

But of course that's working under the impression that our Representatives and Senators actually care about our nation.

Because frankly, from where I'm sitting, all they are concerned about is keeping their power in Washington.

The Read The Bill pledge is a good START for our nation to get itself back on track. But we need more changes.

I believe that we need the following changes to how Congress/our Federal Government operates:
  1. Make Senators appointed from State Legislatures again. The entire Constitutional purpose of the Senate was to give the STATES a voice in the Federal government; it was not supposed to be another representative branch of the populace.
  2. Make each bill be required to show which portion of the Constitution allows Congress to enact it
  3. Have each law read into the public record prior to a vote, with the following conditions:
    1. Each Representative/Senator must be there for the entire reading
    2. The entire reading must be performed at one time
    3. Any Representative/Senator who leaves during the reading is not allowed to vote on the law
  4. All laws twilight based upon the majority that voted for said law
    1. With a simple majority (50%+1 vote or greater) the law would twilight in 2 years
    2. With a moderate majority (65% or greater) the law would twilight in 3 years
    3. With a super majority(75% or greater) the law would twilight in 5 years
    4. Laws could be written to twilight earlier, but not later

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