Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"Haste Makes Waste" or What's the Rush?

First it was the TARP bill, next it was the “Stimulus Bill,” then came “Cap and Trade,” and now it’s “Health Care Reform”—all bills that had/have to be passed without delay, but no one ever explains why these measures must become law even before Congress and the people they supposedly represent have a chance to read them.

But, folks, the answer really ain’t that hard. In fact, it’s downright obvious. You know the old saying that it’s easier to ask forgiveness than to get permission? Well, the Obama administration has institutionalized that philosoply by presenting—nay, demanding—legislation that is so bad for the us, the citizens of the United States, the last thing he wants is for you, me, or our “representatives” in Congress to know what’s happening to us in time for us to stop it.

That, of course, begs the question...can we stop it? Judging from recent experience, our representatives don’t listen to us anyway. Millions of people have written, faxed, and called Congress telling them to vote “No” on the trillions of dollars of wasteful spending in TARP and “Stimulus”—not to mention the absurd Cap and Trade bill—only to receive “I know better than you what’s good for you” form letters from staffers who never even show our comments to our Senators and Representatives. I guess they figure that, eventually, we’ll realize that they have us by the short hairs and will give up.

But, I digress. The truth is that nothing that permanently affects our lives—be it taxes, income, jobs, health care, or individual rights—is so urgently needed that we shouldn’t be allowed to know what is being done before it’s done unless those in power have something to hide from us. And, if it’s being hidden, it can’t be good for us. Hence, before we fall for the “urgent” assertion again, let’s tell them to slow down, show us what they are trying to do, give all of us the opportunity to know what is going on by actually putting the legislation in writing and publishing it for all the world to see before it's passed.

The effects of so-called global warming aren’t so immediate that we can’t wait a few months to look over the legislation, discuss it publicly, debate it, and decide what, if anything, would be an effective means of countering it. Too, the health care debate has been raging since before some in the Sixties Generation fell in love with European style socialism, so surely “health care reform” will wait a few more months until we can all see what they are proposing, evaluate how it will affect us, and let Congress know whether it is what we want or not. After all, either way, it is we, the people, who will be paying for it, because government only has the money it takes from our wallets.

3 comments:

The Sage of Tampa said...

Kat, you have in your usual subtle way captured the very essence of why there must be term limits on members of Congress. I've spent alot of time in DC and more days than I care to admit on Capitol Hill going from office to office of Senators and US Representatives. I can tell you from first hand experience unless you have a check with a 1 and lots of zeroes following it in your hand, you will NOT get the time of day from anyone other than a low-level staffer. These people get elected and immediately get "Potomac Fever" a disease that can be abated only by being re-elected time and again. Why is that we limit a President to two, four year terms but allow these people to stay in office forever? Until we fix that nothing else will get fixed in this country. Great job as usual!

J said...

Just to let you know -- your twitter widget obscures a good bit of the text (at least when one is using Firefox).

So, it's impossible to read the post.

sanjeet said...

Great job as usual!

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