WASHINGTON, December 13, 2013 — The House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 59 Thursday. It will be better known by the name “Ryan-Murray budget bill.”
Ryan-Murray is a classic example of everything that is wrong in Washington.
This is not just a complaint about compromise or spending or taxes. Those are problems with the Ryan-Murray budget, but not the worst problem.
The number of people who have read the bill would probably easily fit into the seating area of a minor league baseball stadium. Read it attached to this article.
What’s in it? Mercifully, it is much shorter than the “Affordable Care Act,” which came in at 2,700 pages. Here is just one section:
- 3 SEC. 114. (a) Each amount incorporated by reference
- 4 in this joint resolution that was previously designated by
- 5 the Congress for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global
- 6 War on Terrorism pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the
- 7 Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of
- 8 1985 or as being for disaster relief pursuant to section
- 9 251(b)(2)(D) of such Act is designated by the Congress
- 10 for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Ter-
- 11 rorism pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of such Act or
- 12 as being for disaster relief pursuant to section
- 13 251(b)(2)(D) of such Act, respectively.
The problem with this bill and every other bill passed by Congress is not only are they mind-numbingly long, they are so incomprehensible that even lawyers need translators for them. Even then, numerous lawsuits arise over sometimes arcane legislation because no one understands what Congress is saying.
Perhaps the most confused are the Congressmen and Senators themselves who have no idea what they are voting on.
Nowhere in H.J. Resolution 59 which passed the House and is heading to the Senate does it say exactly how much money the government is spending.
That is the problem.
Congress passes these multi-thousand page bills so they can hide all kinds of legislation that the public would not approve of.
The answer is simple.
Require Congress to limit their bills to one item per bill.
If the government needs to spend four million dollars on ball point pens to keep the government functioning, that can be one bill. It will only take one page. If the Navy needs a new nuclear carrier, again it will only take one page.
If the State Department wants to spend three million dollars to teach Asian prostitutes safe sex practices, well let’s see which Senators and which Representatives really want to vote for that bill.
Abraham Lincoln famously called America‘s government, a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
The Ryan-Murray budget simply proves that Lincoln was wrong when he prayed that the government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Today’s government in Washington is a government of the insider, by the insider and for the insider.
Until we change the process so that every American cannot only see, but understand the legislation that Congress is voting on, President Lincoln’s prayer will have been in vain.
Until we change Washington, that government has perished from the Earth.
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