July 30, 2009

Tell us how you really feel, Congressman Conyers

You rarely get to hear what a politician really thinks. Usually their speech is manipulated by p.r. agents, advisors, lawyers and a general sense of self-preservation. That is why Rep. John Conyers' (D-MI) statement the other day was quite surprising.

Speaking about the health care bill making its way through Congress, Conyers mocked those who support the apparently radical idea of reading and comprehending what is in the bills Congress votes on.

“I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” said Rep. John Conyers. “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?”

And that is a perfect distillation of the attitude of too many members in Congress.

Don't have enough time to read a bill? Give yourselves more time. Too much to read? Write shorter bills or break larger bills into smaller components.

What we're asking them to do isn't that hard; they just don't want to do it.