Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Michigan Congressman Shirks Job Responsibilities

Congressman John Conyers and his lovely wife, Inmate 9865-34

John Conyers (D-Mich), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee spoke at a National Press Club luncheon and pondered the question; why should members of Congress have to read these bills anyway.
"What good is reading the bill if it's a thousand pages and you don't have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?"

He’s talking about the massive 1,000 page Health Care Bill that President Obama wants to ram through Congress. Even though the bill is obese and unreadable, Rep. Conyers is still going to vote for it anyway.

Have we all forgotten the meaning of a representative form of government? These politicians we elect are in fact supposed to read these bills, understand them, and vote in the best interest of their constituency and the Republic, namely you and I. Imagine if we held a public referendum on each and every bill that came through Congress.

But for Congressman John Conyers, doing this is just too much work. Instead, let’s just come up with a hair brained idea that sounds good: Universal or Free Health Care. Now lets market it to the people by saying it’s for their own good and it won’t cost them a penny (maybe), but it will save you money later (just ignore what the Congressional Budget Office says). Never mind what is actually IN THE BILL, let’s only vote on whether or not it SOUNDS good.

Even though, through Rep. Conyers’ own admission, the bill is so overwritten that one can not reasonably comprehend it, he’s going to vote for it anyway…because it looks good. This should frighten you. Here is a link to the actual bill: FREE Health Care! (Can't figure out the bill? Here is a picture that should help)

This isn’t the first time Rep. Conyers has made this statement. He made a similar proclamation some years back when a newsman asked him if he actually read a bill before signing it. Basically he said then that if Congress took the time to read every bill that came across their desks, they would never get anything done.

That’s not really a bad thing, John.

It’s not like he doesn’t have time on his hands. This is a guy who dropped an ACORN probe (claimed it came from the “powers that be”) coincidentally as his Detroit Council woman wife’s lawyers began the process of negotiating on criminal charges for bribery. (She is going to Jail by the way…maybe). This is the guy who has so much faith in the government public system he sends his children off to a private school 20 minutes north of Detroit.

Rep. Conyers’ statement proves a couple of things. 1) Both parties in Congress have no idea what they are voting on. They only care about the two or three lines added on to the bill that will line the pockets of their special interest groups and help them get re-elected, 2) Government has gotten so large that it has bogged down Congress with its complexities, leading our elected representatives to only vote for the COVER of the Bill and 3) We the People must demand more from our elected representatives.

I have only one question for Congressman Conyers; If this health care bill is so fantastic, will he sign himself and his family to the same plan he is forcing on the rest of his constituents?

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger
on that article of the Constitution
which granted a right to Congress of expending,
on the objects of benevolence,
the money of their constituents.”

James Madison

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