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 CNSNews.com at his regular weekly news conference.
Hoyer was responding to a question from CNSNews.com 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 CNSNews.com.
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?