I concur with Mark Steyn:
Thousand-page bills, unread and indeed unwritten at the time of passage, are the death of representative government. They also provide a clue as to why, in a country this large, national government should be minimal and constrained. Even if you doubled or trebled the size of the legislature, the Conyers conundrum would still hold: No individual can read these bills and understand what he’s voting on. That’s why the bulk of these responsibilities should be left to states and subsidiary jurisdictions, which can legislate on such matters at readable length and in comprehensible language.
When I first heard Rep. Conyers make his statement, I felt as if I had been punched in the stomach because we all know Conyers was advocating voting yes on the health care bill in spite of its not being read. In the particular case of health care, we’re talking about reworking of one sixth of our economy and Conyers laughs as if he’s the sane one for not bothering to read the bill.
Congressman Pence was Greta’s show last night talking about the bill, which he had next to him at the time of the interview. It was about 8 inches thick. He said that the bill created, and I’m going based upon memory from the interview last night, 33 additional entitlement programs and massive new bureaucracies to control those entitlement programs. And Conyers scoffed at the idea of reading and understanding what is in that bill before voting on it. Conyers and his fellow non-readers are a disgrace to our republic.
Speaking of our republic, Ed Morrissey links to a video of a soldier explaining to one of Senator McCaskill’s aides the meaning of the “general welare” clause of the Constitution based upon the writings of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and so on. It’s a highly instructive 1 minute 42 seconds: