stockingfull wrote:Nice try, Mike, but way below your usual standards for double-talk and changing the subject.
You made a superficial assertion about the USA Patriot Act, I blew it out of the water, and you're back to "mob rule." Hell, Mike, that's what the Brits said in 1775 about the founding fathers. I guess I should thank you.
The sad reality is that nobody in Congress has time to personally read all the legislation which is introduced, especially considering all the proposed bills that are never enacted and amendments that are considered and negotiated along the way to those that are, and committee reports and on and on. None of us could do it, and none of them can, either.
Plus, we've just gotten through the mystery amendment to the omnibus bill and, as it and the Patriot Act example show, it's been done this way for many years by both parties.
But I don't believe you're really that naive, Mike. Just that stubborn.
I didn't change the subject, you and devil changed the subject. As a reminder, the subject is "don't blame GWB", not "how the democrats were duped by evil republicans". That's what you want to argue.
If legislators can't take the time to read the bill, then it's irresponsible to vote for it. Period. What good are mountains and mountains of lengthy laws if they are unread at enactment or can be changed by the powers of the judiciary or of the president? Is it all a smoke and mirrors display? Has it devolved that far? My God, I hope not.
What do you tell your clients about signing contracts before they or YOU read them? Like contracts, isn't the law binding and potentially costly also? Are you telling me that YOU don't read your clients lengthy contracts when they are presented for review? How would the fiduciary responsibility of a congressman be any different than yours?
As I said before, just because "it's been done this way for years" doesn't make it right.