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June 5, 2010
DeMint On The Senate's 'Secret Bills'
A week ago, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) posted a video on his YouTube account that shows his floor speech in which he voices his concern with secret bills and the fact that the Senate passes over 90% of legislation without any debate, without amendment, and without a roll call vote.
This is a rather jaw-dropping revelation that calls for at least three questions.
First, who is writing these bills?
The American people know that our legislators aren't the ones who actually write the bills, because they've already conceded they don't read the bills, after all, according to Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), there's no point in doing so because "you don't have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you've read the bill". The actual writers of these bills are never accounted for, thus, not only do we have secret bills, we have secret writers writing the secret bills.
Second, if our legislators aren't writing the bills, nor are they reading the bills, then what job is it that We the People, have hired them to do?
At this rate, we might as well go with trained chimps and/or drinking bird toys, could they do any worse?
Third, how can one support a bill that they know nothing about because they've had no hand in its construction or its review, and then honestly tell their constituents that they are being effectively served?
This amount of incompetence can't possibly be accidentally, and this unconscionable behavior can be tolerated no longer.
At this point, it's questionable that "vote the bastards out" is the best solution to cure what ails this nation.
The political system has been completely corrupted at all levels of government, and unfortunately we have too many elected officials who are more willing to go along and play the game rather than reform it, and to make matters worse, the so-called reformers, i.e. Obama, only pose as such to garner support, and then just add more dung to the pile.
How can we expect better when we keep sending politicians, who may initially be honest and forthright with their aims to dutifully serve their constituents, to the metastasized cancer of greed, deceit, and corruption that Washington has become?
At least we can thank Senator DeMint for bringing this practice of secret bills to our attention, he is one of the few who has avoided the sickness and is trying to serve us the way our Founders intended, unfortunately he is just that; one of the few.
J.C. Arenas is a frequent contributor to American Thinker and welcomes your comments at jcarenas.com