Barak Obama's massive "Cap and Trade" Waxman-Markey energy bill passed the House of Representatives without anyone having read it, and no one seems to think that unusual anymore. Our elected representatives have more important things to do with their time than read bills before passing them, it seems. More than 300 pages of additions and alterations were added to the bill at the last moment, and 219 members of Congress still went ahead and voted "yes" -- including 8 Republicans. Many of the 44 Democrats who voted "no" sought permission from Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to do so, knowing that they would be blamed for the massive price hikes on everything that will result from this economy killer of a bill if it passes the Senate.Hat tip to Michelle Malkin and HotAir.com
Somehow, Congress is becoming increasingly irrelevant in our Federal government, en route to being a mere rubber-stamp for the President and his unelected "czars." Where are the powers delegated to these czars enumerated in the Constitution, anyway? Sometimes even they are mere figureheads -- "Energy Czar" Carol Browner as much as admitted during an interview that she hadn't read the bill. So what's in it? No one knows yet, despite it being on its way to becoming law. It seems that faceless "experts" and bureaucrats write out the actual bills, and the members of Congress just throw in some pork for themselves and vote. Is that how it's supposed to work?
I hope people start to notice that we're moving towards a one-man government before it's too late. No wonder Hussein supports the Leftist Honduran President Zelaya's attempt to overturn the constitution and set himself up as dictator -- he's looking to do the same thing himself, but far more subtly.
Somewhere on page 1,437 of an unread bill that passes in the dead of night will be a measure to bypass Congress altogether and put Presidential appointees directly in charge of writing bills for the President to sign into law, and that will be that.