Flimsy Sanity: Read The Bills Act

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Read The Bills Act

Downside DC - Make Congress Read the Bills they Pass
Most Congressmen are lawyers, and many others are businessmen. They know what “fiduciary responsibility” is. For Members of Congress, fiduciary responsibility means reading each word of every bill before they vote.

Congress has not met this duty for a long time. Instead . . .
*They carelessly pass mammoth bills that none of them have read. Sometimes printed copies aren't even available when they vote!
*Often no one knows what these bills contain, or what they really do, or what they will really cost.
*Additions and deletions are made at the last minute, in secrecy.
*They combine unpopular proposals with popular measures that few in Congress want to oppose. (This practice is called “log-rolling.”)
*And votes are held with little debate or public notice.
*Oh, and once these bills are passed, and one of these unpopular proposals comes to light, they pretend to be shocked. “How did that get in there?” they say.


  • At 3:56 AM, Blogger Frederick said…

    That'd be nice...

  • At 9:39 AM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said…

    That would be a start. I know this was a ploy the Rethugs used, ramming through bills. I hope it has stopped, but who knows with this pile of poo congress. Psst, can you tell I'm down on the whole lot of them lately?


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