Let reading ring!!!!!

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  1. Foxfyre
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    Does anybody oppose the proposal that federal legislators take a pledge to pass no legislation without reading and understanding what's in it? How about a federal law mandating that they cannot vote on legislation until it has been posted for the voters' perusal for at least 72 hours?

    It is obvious that President Obama isn't going to stick to his campaign pledge not to sign anything into law until it has been posted for 72 hours. So how about a law requiring that of Congress? Any objections?


     
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    Got no problem with that myself.

    We might see a bit less pork which has nothing to do with the main point of the legislation. Everything has some kind of downside, though...
     
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    I knew this was horseshit when he said it. What a dope.:lol:
     
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    I am in total agreement. And it would help if potential candidates for office in any party had to pass a sort of exam set up by the ,members of their own party. That would be a hoot. :lol:

    In a public hearing in SOmerville Ma. I was gavelled down by Mayor C*** because I exposed just this sort of thing. An Alderman proposed a bill or amendment on which he could answer no questions whatsoever. (had to do with zoning and a parcel of land for big box store development...I also mentioned the fact that the mayor's former campaign worker....oops)


    \i know public oifficials have help or input in writing bills...no problemo. What I object to is having outsiders write the whole thing. that smacks more of corruption
     
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    Well, apparently the current health care legislation is being written by staffers and lobbyists--I doubt more than a half dozen Congresspersons or Senators could coherently answer any questions about any of the details and, as it will run more than 1000 pages as the Cap & Trade bill did, they won't read that either. It will likely be delivered in the dead of night and passed without our representatives reading it and with the minimum of debate before the vote.

    Some of the most objectionable stuff will be removed from the Senate and House bills but will be reinserted during the conference and the final bill again will not have been read by the time it has passed. And by the time we learn what they have actually done to us, it will be too late......

    UNLESS......

    We can raise enough hell to get that pledge enacted before they vote on the bill.

    Once we get that pledge--preferably a law in place mandating they have to read that kind of bill and advise us of what is in it before anybody votes . . . . .

    THEN, we can start on a campaign to require that no 'pork barrel' initiatives will be included in any omnibus spending bill. They can pass the bills to run the government, but anything extra for any organization, trust, state, etc. has to be presented all by itself and voted up or down all by itself.

    I think that would weed out most of the nonsense such as tens of thousands of dollars awarded to some outfit to study whether pigeons follow the same economic principles as humans. (That honest-to-God WAS authorized some years ago.)
     
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