Lately we have been hearing and reading about major legislation being considered by both the House and the Senate,
Where no one has had the opportunity, or the time, to thoroughly read and understand what exactly is in the bill. In one case a speed reader was brought in, and everyone present was expected to fully understand what was being read. This is not only ridiculous, but in my humble opinion, a slap in the face of every voter. Every representative, of the people, should be fully aware of what he/she is signing, and how it will affect their constituency. If one has not read and understood whatever bill they are signing, they are not fulfilling their sworn duty as a representative, and are committing fraud.
Although each representative may be pressured by their political party, and/or their leaders within their party, they should never forget just who they are representing, and even if under heavy pressure should think only about their obligation to the people who put them into office. This type of thinking, on my part, may be naïve, but it is what our political system was founded on, true representation.
At present we do not have term limits for our representatives, except for the President, who, matter of fact, also supposedly works for us. Since many of our Congressmen and Senators seem to think that speed reading is the way to go
They should be obligated, by law, to be proficient in doing just that, which also means they should be able to explain to the people exactly what was in the bill before them.
LCDR Roberto J. Prinselaar, USCG (Ret)
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