Too important to read

So the House has passed a culture-changing carbon cap-and-trade bill without having a chance to read it.

Through a series of parliamentary inquiries, the Republicans learned that the 300-plus page managers’ amendment, added to the bill last night in the House Rules Committee, has not even been been integrated with the official copy of the 1,090-page bill at the House Clerk’s desk, let alone in any other location. The two documents are side-by-side at the desk as the clerk reads through the instructions in the 300 page document for altering the 1,090 page document.

But they cannot be simply combined, because the amendment contains 300 pages of items like this: “Page 15, beginning line 8, strike paragraph (11)…” How many members of Congress do you suppose have gone through it all to see how it changes the bill?

Global Warming is apparently so urgent that we can’t even wait until members of Congress know what they’re voting on.

This is the PATRIOT Act and the stimulus bill all over again. Amazing that our elected representatives weren’t allowed to read three most significant, far-reaching pieces of legislation in the history of the United States.

Maybe we should preserve democracy here before we worry about spreading it to Iran.

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