Taxation Without Representation

Bills, bills, bills. No, not the kind we get and pay every month–we actually tend to read those.

I mean the bills that Congress votes on.  You know, the ones they don’t write and can’t be bothered to read. It’s not new behavior, but given the amounts of money Congress is playing with these days (billions and trillions of taxpayer dollars), it behooves us to think very carefully about how well our elected officials are serving those who elected them.

Consider the following: Democratic Leader Laughs at Idea That House Members Would Actually Read Health-Care Bill Before Voting On It

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that the health-care reform bill now pending in Congress would garner very few votes if lawmakers actually had to read the entire bill before voting on it.

“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,” Hoyer told at his regular weekly news conference.

Hoyer was responding to a question from on whether he supported a pledge that asks members of the Congress to read the entire bill before voting on it and also make the full text of the bill available to the public for 72 hours before a vote.

And this: Democratic Senator Predicts None of His Colleagues ‘Will Have the Chance’ to Read Final Stimulus Bill Before Vote

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) predicted on Thursday that none of his Senate colleagues would “have the chance” to read the entire final version of the $790-billion stimulus bill before the bill comes up for a final vote in Congress.

“No, I don’t think anyone will have the chance to [read the entire bill],” Lautenberg told

As well as this:

And even this:

Also recall that we even have representatives who believe that the money used to fund the government is not actually our money at all:

Cavuto: “Where do we draw the line with our money?

Knollenberg: “It is not your money.”

Our Congress is not doing the job it was elected to do. At best, the behavior is hubristic demagoguery; at worst, it is the very epitome of taxation without representation.

Didn’t we fight a war over that a few hundred years ago?



2 Responses to Taxation Without Representation

  1. Gail S says:

    Yes, indeed this is exactly the topic of the Revolutionary War. The number and apportionment of the members of the House of Representatives was also the most debated topic during the Constitutional Convention.

    All such debates were laid to rest in 1929 when Congress abdicated its responsibility in apportionment and restricted membership in the House to 435 members.

    This set up a time bomb whose explosion we are now experiencing. In 2007, the 535 member oligarchy called Congress had unilateral, discretionary control of 39% of the national GDP.

    In 2009, they have executed a coup that would make Castro green with envy.

    We must demand Congress rescind the Stimulus, the Omnibus and the Budget. We must demand it with a protest that they cannot ignore.

    Stop spending money until Congress learns to follow suit. Until Congress stops its abuse, we must shut down the American consumer machine that drives the economy of the world.

    Best regards,
    Gail S

  2. […] of 2010 and 2012 will witness a sea change in this country. We’re sick and tired of czars and bills that no one reads. (Oh by the way, now there’s talk of a “Health Insurance Czar” […]

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