As published on Western Journalism 01/24/2017 http://www.westernjournalism.com/read-bill-get-office/
The Washington, D.C., crowd has certainly taken it on the chin lately, no doubt about it — and they deserve every bit of abuse that they are getting right now, and then some.
How dare our public servants violate their oaths of office with every piece of legislation that they vote in favor of, without ever reading, let alone understanding what burdens they are placing on the people?
And how dare our constitutionally protected, so-called free press give them a routine pass for doing this injustice to the American people?
It should be common knowledge, thanks to the Internet, that our legislators routinely pile more bad laws upon existing bad laws.
It’s reached the point where Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, made this blithe comment in July 2009: “I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill.’ What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”
Yes, that is a direct comment from a member of Congress who has been in office since 1965, longer ago than the very first email was sent, longer ago than the Internet was even called the “Internet.” (It used to be called ARPANET, which stands for Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. I learned that by looking it up on the Internet.)
This is not to say that we want every one of our esteemed leaders to hole themselves up in some corner of their multiple offices or numerous homes, spending 20 hours a day reading sections and amendments, strike-outs and inserts, changing the word “the” to “and.” No, that would be too much for us to ask, when one political election cycle begins just about at the same time as the previous political election cycle ends. After all, our public servants need time to campaign, so they can stay in office for ever and ever, amen — or do they?
There are two critically obvious things that need to be shortened on the path to Making America Great Again.
One is the actual length of the legislation that is written.
The other is the actual length of the legislator’s time in office.
I heartily support the Trump administration working to enact congressional term limits, being as we have failed to cull the herd with our never-ending election cycles.
I just hope it doesn’t take 1,000 pages, two days and two lawyers to get it done.
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