The first tea party to protest taxation without representation occurred on Dec. 16, 1773. We’ve come full circle and are now almost back where we started.
Congress recently passed a $1.2 trillion bill that members didn’t even have time to read. On June 26, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. This bill contained 1,200 pages before another 300 pages were added at 3 a.m. the day of the vote. Representatives did not have time to read, analyze, debate and understand the future ramifications of this legislation before being forced to vote.
In the real world, this type of behavior is called “unconscionable, irresponsible and negligent.”
What if a private company acted in this manner and employees cried that the company was taking money out of their paychecks for things they didn’t want? And what if that company’s leaders had the power to exempt themselves from any consequences and set themselves up for a worry-free life?
Ridiculous? No. Our elected representatives are in the process of setting up this company as our government, and we are the suckers that will be paying the bills. You won’t see any initiative by our elected representatives to quickly move for live media coverage for an untold number of hearings to decry their despicable representation for us. What a shame!
In 20-20 hindsight, nothing is so much of an emergency that Congress cannot take time to read bills, analyze their impact – both now and in the future – and debate from an informed, transparent position. But there is a reason these bills have not been transparent and debated from fact: the political fat cats in Washington know that Americans would not put up with their nonsense.
The Washington legislative approach will have significant ramifications on every Kentuckian. It will negatively impact our commonwealth, its city and county governments and employers.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we all knew those ramifications and had elected officials in Frankfort and Washington communicating with us and looking out for our interests – not theirs?
Their approach may be great politics, but it’s bad policy administered with no integrity. It’s time to draw the line in the sand and demand true policy transparency, analysis and debate through responsible representation.