Anyone who is trying to peddle the Brooklyn Bridge, and is looking for customers, would be well advised to take the goods to Capitol Hill where there are hordes of potential buyers who can be persuaded to buy a pig in a poke without taking a look at it.
Of the 535 members of the United States House and Senate, 246 House members and 60 members of the august Senate voted for the $787 billion stimulus bill without having read a single one of the bill's 1,071 pages or having any idea of where all of this money borrowed from our grandchildren is going to be spent.
Think about it. 306 members of Congress elected by their constituents to spend their tax dollars wisely and protect their civil rights took leave of their responsibilities to be fully informed about the legislation for which they were voting and simply cast their votes for a bill they hadn't even bothered to read because their leadership and the White House told them to.
Is that what their constituents elected them to do? Are they legislators and representatives of the people who sent them in Washington, or the craven minions for their party's leadership and the executive branch?
For all they knew, among the dense underbrush that cluttered the bill were thickets of legislative poison ivy. For all they knew, the people who created this bill could have sneaked in provisions that had the effect of depriving all Americans of their most basic civil rights and the fruits of their labors.
There were all sorts of warning signs that the bill contained a host of provisions that had nothing to do with providing stimulation for the economy or creating jobs for unemployed Americans.
Anyone even vaguely familiar with the mountains of pork contained in the bill should have realized that instead of being meant to stimulate the economy or provide jobs it was essentially a payoff for socialist-minded Democrats long kept out in the cold by a succession of reasonably conservative administrations who held them and their Marxist agenda at bay.
According to Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., who voted against the bill, it will lead to spending of tax dollars that will do little to stimulate the economy or create jobs.
“Hold on to your wallets, folks, because with the passage of this trillion-dollar baby the Democrats will be poised to spend as much as $3 trillion in your tax dollars,” Bond said. “Taxpayers will be on the hook for spending that will stimulate the debt and stimulate the growth of government, but will do little to stimulate jobs or the economy.”
But all this begs the question. No matter what the bill contained, good or bad, 306 members of Congress voted for a bill they had not read — a bill that plunged the nation into a chasm of debt out of which whole generations of Americans will be forced to climb.
The fact that this has not shocked the majority of Americans should scare the daylights out of anyone who cares one whit for the future of the United States. A more stable generation of Americans would have been so outraged by the abdication of their elected representative's responsibilities they would have marched on Capitol Hill, tarred and feathered them and driven them out of office on a rail.
This bill, now signed into law by President Barack Obama, will not help lift the nation out of the current economic downturn. Instead, it paves the way for a conversion of these United States from the bastion of free enterprise into just another of those failed socialist regimes that litter doddering old Europe.
Anyone familiar with its provisions and knowledgeable about economic history would understand this had they read the bill.
But the people who voted for it did not bother to read it, not even protest that they hadn't been given the opportunity to study it. They just marched in lock step down the aisle and voted for it.
That’s legislating on blind faith.
Phil Brennan writes for Newsmax.com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://WWW.pvbr.Com) and was Washington columnist (Cato) for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He is a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association For Intelligence Officers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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