June 22, 2011

Read the bill

Recently Herman Cain was laughed at for saying that as President, he wouldn't sign any bill over 3 pages long. Jon Stewart lead the charge on this one. I have yet to hear a reason why this is such a stupid idea. One tactic that is particularly galling is the omnibus bills. Packaging all different sorts of legislation to force a vote for something unpopular with something that is necessary. The sponsors of the unpopular legislation know they'll get their bill passed because it's too politically risky to vote against the necessary measure.

I'd much prefer an end to omnibus bills, riders and such. I'd rather see Congress have to grind it out to pass bill after bill of necessary stuff which would prevent them from meddling about in all the things they do with their spare time.

What happens when we have a bill so massive that it is passed without reading it?

First, remember this?

Well, now that we've passed it we find out;

"President Barack Obama's health care law would let several million middle-class people get nearly free insurance meant for the poor, a twist government number crunchers say they discovered only after the complex bill was signed."

The administration is going to "look for a fix". Now? Now is the time to "look for a fix"? Isn't the precisely the point of, oh I don't know, reading the bill?

I believe no bill should be even put to a vote unless it is read by the sponsor, in its entirety before a quorum of the chamber that is going to vote on it. What say you?

Posted by Duffy at June 22, 2011 12:48 PM | TrackBack

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Umh...AGREE! Politics and education, common sense goes out the window....umh...can you say 'data coaches'!

Posted by: cardinals fan at June 23, 2011 09:36 AM

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