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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,
and Washington state Democrat Rep. Brian Baird are upset about the no-time-to-read-just-vote Budget Bill fiasco, involving a mysterious Budget Bill tax privacy invasion clause, which appears to be the first known case of immaculate clauseption.
So Rep. Baird is
sponsoring a bill which would more strictly enforce a three-day waiting period on major legislation, giving legislators time to read before they vote. Unfortunately, however, Rep. Baird thinks his bill is unlikely to pass, which means it's time for another poem:
Is There A Reader In The House?
By Madeleine Begun Kane
Republicans have quite a scam:
They load their bills with pork and ham,
And sneak in clauses quite unfair,
Whose merits aren't even aired.
They pull this off quite easily:
They give our Reps no time to read.
Some vote for stuff they can't abide,
Before the bill's red ink has dried.
And when they're caught they just declare:
"I did not know that clause was there.
I'm not to blame. There was no time
To read the thing. Is that a crime?"
"We'll fix it later on for sure,"
They say, while plotting more manure
To add to bills they plan to pass.
Republicans can kiss my ass.
(My first poem about the Budget Bill brouhaha,
Ernie Istook Explains All, is here.)
An important aside: According to the AP article about Baird's proposal, Republicans have responded with their usual the-Democrats-did-it-when-they-were-running-things defense. It would have been nice had the AP reporter explored the accuracy of this charge, instead of just blandly citing it. Then again, that would have required actual investigative reporting.
© December 1, 2004 Madeleine Begun Kane. All Rights Reserved.
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