Wednesday, July 29, 2009

At Least Lie To Us

For the last six months, massive spending programs have gotten fast-tracked through Congress despite massive opposition from the average American. These bills have been thousands of loose pages paper-clipped together at 3:00 AM and voted on by the afternoon. In the case of the Cap and Trade bill, one 300 page amendment did not even have a hard copy ready in time for voting. The Congress literally voted on an unfinished bill.

But, as outrageous as that is, the Congress at least had the common decency to continue the charade that they actually do real work in Washington. It's been a game for years. Those elected to political office smile and wave at the camera, nod their heads understandingly, and tell us how they really do care about our problems. They shake our claws firmly and promise to head back to Washington and get that done for us...

...and then they get into a private jet, smoke a cigar, and fly to their summer home on Martha's Vineyard.

But no, now that facade is gone thanks to Representative John Conyers (D-MI), who has decided that reading the legislation is just not worth it:

"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? "

Well John, the "good" is that it's your job. I'm a busy guy. I have to star in blockbuster movies and TV shows. I've got to pose for paintings and help get my relatives set up properly in museums. I do not have time to propose, draft, or read legislation. That is why I vote for representatives like yourself to head down to Washington to handle that on my behalf.

C'mon John, at least LIE TO ME. Has it gotten so bad down there that these people don't even think the appearance of propriety is required? Is a T-Rex going to have to chomp a Congressman?

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