Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More Legislation Without Representation

In a previous post, I referenced the fact that the Energy Bill, that recently passed the House, was unread by anyone at the time of the vote. In fact, the bill wasn't even in completed form. Over the weekend, Rep Steny Hoyer, when asked by CNN, actually laughed at the idea of reading the Health Care bill before passing it.
"I’m laughing because . . . I don’t know how long this bill is going to be, but it’s going to be a very long bill,"...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,’’ he said. The majority leader was declaring, in other words, that it is more important for Congress to pass the bill than to understand it.
So nobody's going to know what's in this bill, when it passes, either. We can likely add to these two, the cap and trade bill currently being slapped together. Will anyone have read that before it passes? No doubt many liberals will be shocked in the near future, when they find out Wall Street companies are making billions on trading carbon credits. Every trade goes through Wall Street, and that means commissions. Little wonder why they're in favor.

Also over the weekend, with all the talk centered on the Sotomayor hearings, the Senate quietly killed the Federal Reserve Transparency act. Senator James DeMint of South Carolina vows to fight on, but he is largely alone.

What we have in all this, is a "partner" acting in secret, developing relationships behind our backs, and hiding our finances from us. Does this sound like a healthy relationship to you?

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