As a kid growing up in Phoenix there was not much to do in the summer. After all, you could only fry so many eggs on the sidewalk before Mom noticed them missing from the fridge. And although we were all adept at swimming and spent coutless hours in the pool, mother could often be heard saying, “Would it kill you to read something?”

Fast forward to now:

I think it’s safe to assume that most of us, no matter what our political leaning can agree on one fact: politicians are arrogant. The latest news that politicians are arrogant should come as no surprise to any of you.

What do these two things have to do with anything, let alone each other? I’m here to explain.

“House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that the health-care reform bill now pending in Congress would garner very few votes if lawmakers actually had to read the entire bill before voting on it.”

Wow! WOW! What arrogance on his part, and all of their parts, thankyouvermuch! Imagine that, pet legislation not getting the votes it needs to pass if people really knew what was in it. Perhaps, that’s because most of the legislation that has come out of Washington in the last year has stunk on ice?

Mr Hoyer went on to say, ” ‘[I] find the idea of the pledge [to read the Bills going thru Congress] humorous’, laughing as he responded to the question. ‘I’m laughing because a) I don’t know how long this bill is going to be, but it’s going to be a very long bill.’ “

Well maybe the bills shouldn’t be so long, so that the members of Congress have time to read them? And perhaps you should step out of your ivory tower Mr Hoyer and remember the legislation you don’t read, but pass into law affects the lives of people in big ways. It’s not asking too much that you and your colleagues take the time to read what you’re imposing on the rest of us.

As of today only four members of Congress have signed this pledge. It’s a sad commentary on the state of things when there has to be a petition to get our leaders to do what common sense should have them do in the first place — read the bill!! (See also Read The Bill for more information on HR 554, which would ammend the rules of the House to require that Bills get a read thru before a vote on).

As Mother would say, “Would it kill you to read something?” No Mother I don’t think it would.

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