Last time there was a headlong rush to pass legislation in Washington, Obamacare was birthed. 2,500 pages of excruciating small print, plopped on legislators desks just days before they were expected to vote on it. 2,500 pages purchased with "sweeteners," "arm twisting" and coercion. Almost all of it done behind closed doors.
Speaker of the House at that time, Nancy Pelosi, brazenly told Congress and the American people, that we could get to know what was in Obamacare after they passed Obamacare,....egregiously misnamed "The Affordable Healthcare Act."
Pelosi was right, Obamacare has proven to be full of surprises as the 2,500 pages of "Frankenstinian" details and regulations get exposed to the reality of actually trying to implement the law. Hidden taxes and fees, miles of red tape and special dispensation to Obama supporters are just some of the "surprises."
The new immigration bill is reportedly 1,500 pages long already and it too has been negotiated in secret behind closed doors, by the gang of 8 bi partisan Senators.
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How much devil is hidden in these details? No one in the media has seen it to report on the good, bad or ugly that lies within.
Reportedly it will be sprung on the Senate Tuesday and leader of the Senate, Harry Reid, has uncharacteristically promised a swift vote.
Why? What's the rush Harry? Shouldn't the public and the Senate have plenty of time to read through and debate these 1,500 pages of proposed legislation? This legislation can profoundly affect the very make up of our country.
Under Reid's leadership the Senate has turned into a very "deliberative body," remember it took 4 years to produce one budget.
The same can be said for gun control legislation. The knee jerk response from the politicians is to attack America's 2nd Amendment rights, in order to look like they are doing something. When in reality, they are really just putting a band aid on an arterial wound.
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The root cause of violence is too difficult for them to tackle because it will affect their base of support in big cities and Hollywood. So instead, they go after the guns and not the mental health issues, the street violence and violence in films.
Ask the Obama Justice Dept why it isn't enforcing the laws already on the books? Out of 15,700 fugitives and felons who tried to illegally purchase a firearm, the Obama Justice Department prosecuted only 44. Perhaps if they just enforced the existing laws, there would be far less violence.
The American people don't want anymore surprises sprung on them hidden within benign sounding legislation.
- First published April 14, 2013 under the title: Not so fast Washington, Americans want bills on guns and immigration read before you vote on them
Ed Farnan lives in the US and has been writing articles and opinion pieces as a conservative/liberterian for years.
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