Not even worth the effort to pretend
Posted by aogTuesday, 20 October 2009 at 10:43 TrackBack Ping URL

Porphyrogenitus writes

Not only do they no longer read the Bills they pass, but they have gone so far now as to vote a bill out of committee that hasn’t even been written yet:

The bill offers a basic framework for eventual legislation, the closest glimpse yet into what reform might look like.
The fact is, the legislative language, that is the actual Bill, was unavailable at the time of passage, because it hadn’t been written:
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, who is considered a pivotal figure in efforts to win Senate approval of health-care legislation, cited the importance of keeping the price tag stable, even though final legislative language on the bill is not yet written.

I understand that government never had some golden age where legislators were upright, concerned lawmakers doing their best, but this still seems to me to be dysfunctional at a historically high level. This is compounded by the fact that this legislation is far more intrusive, far more consequential, than previous efforts. I will say it doesn’t much change my view of Senator Snowe (“history says don’t call back!”).

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pj Tuesday, 20 October 2009 at 11:34

I made this comment on another board: Imagine how the Founding Fathers would have reacted if someone showed up at the Constitutional Convention and said, “You’d better put a clause in article 1 requiring that only bills that exist may be passed, not imaginary bills. Future generations of Americans may not be clear on this point.”

We are traveling down the path Hayek described in the Road to Serfdom: legislatures cannot agree on the details of socialism, so they delegate their authority to a small number of executive leaders. In this case, Obama and Pelosi will dictate everything. Congress will approve socialism, but remain ignorant of the details.

Brian Tuesday, 20 October 2009 at 16:28

It’s not surprising that the MSM utterly failed to report this at the time, but it is pretty remarkable that no one in the GOP apparently thought that “Where’s the Bill?” would be an effective message to make the public even more sick of this pathetic farce of a legislature.

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