Be a Responsible Elected Legislator

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

Be a responsible elected legislator. A responsible elected legislator reads and studies a proposed bill before voting on it. A responsible elected legislator allows time for the voters to read and study a proposed law and advise their legislators about what they like or don’t like about it. A responsible elected legislator takes seriously the oath of office promise “to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies…”

How can you uphold that oath without reading and studying a bill or amendment before voting on it? You can’t. It is impossible. How would you know for sure that no part of the bill harms the Constitution and the liberties that it guarantees?

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have become high pressure sales artists. They want legislators to vote on Saturday nights when voters can’t reach legislators through the normal switchboards. They ask legislators to vote for bills or amendments without first reading them. Those are the tactics of high pressure sales artists.

If you sign a contract without reading it first because a high pressure sales artist persuades you to sign before reading and understanding the contract, then you are irresponsible. If you support a bill or amendment or procedure to forward a bill or amendment without reading it, studying it, and allowing the voters to review it and advise you, then you are an irresponsible legislator.

And the label of “IRRESPONSIBLE” will stick on you in the next election.

High pressure sales artists pressure their victims to sign a contract before reading it because the high pressure sales artists don’t want the victim to learn what is in the contract before signing it.

So, don’t be a victim of the high pressure sales tactics of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Be a responsible elected legislator. Allow the people to review every proposed law, amendment, and procedure and advise you on what they would like you to do.

If you will insist on listening to the people in this way, then in the next election, no one will be able to brand you as “IRRESPONSIBLE”.

Woodrow Wilcox is the senior medical bill problem solver at Senior Care Insurance Services in Merrillville, Indiana. That is the largest senior citizen oriented insurance agency in the Midwest. For over six years, Woodrow Wilcox has helped senior citizens with medical bill problems with Medicare and VA clinics. He has saved senior citizens over $600,000 in wrongful charges. For more health care articles by Wilcox, visit www.medicareproblems.net or www.woodrowwilcox.com.

© 2009 Woodrow Wilcox. Re-published here with the permission of the author.

2 Responses to “Be a Responsible Elected Legislator”

  1. Thursday, the House Oversight and Government Reform committee held a hearing on the implementation of the Recovery Act, also known as the stimulus. Republican members invited former GOP Majority Leader Dick Armey, who now leads the corporate front group FreedomWorks, to testify as their expert witness. After listening to Armey argue at length about the merits of even having any government intervention in the economy, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) asked him if he supported the unemployment compensation provisions of the bill. Armey said he might, but conceded that he had not read that portion of the bill. Van Hollen then extracted a confession that Armey had not even read the bill at all, even though he was appearing as an expert and repeatedly goes before the press to criticize the stimulus:
    VAN HOLLEN: Let me ask you think. You keep saying ‘if there were,’ did you read the Economic Recovery bill?
    ARMEY: No I didn’t. I had no reason to read it, I wasn’t voting on it.
    VAN HOLLEN: You’re commenting on it an awful lot, both here and in the press, about the Economic Recovery bill. We ask members of Congress to read it when they vote on it and are considering it. You’ve said a lot about it, so I’m a little surprised that you have not read it. […] It seems to me we owe it to people we are communicating with we have an understanding an read the information.
    Ironically, as part of an effort to obstruct and derail the bill, Armey launched an online petition called “ReadTheStimulus.org.” In another bit of irony, although he postures as a fierce ideological opponent of the stimulus, Armey actually worked as a lobbyist to help businesses gain from the stimulus. According to disclosures, he was paid to lobby on behalf of Cape Wind Associates and the Medicines Company on the stimulus. His son, Scott Armey, who runs his own lobbying shop, has also worked with businesses to gain stimulus funds.

  2. Thursday, the House Oversight and Government Reform committee held a hearing on the implementation of the Recovery Act, also known as the stimulus. Republican members invited former GOP Majority Leader Dick Armey, who now leads the corporate front group FreedomWorks, to testify as their expert witness. After listening to Armey argue at length about the merits of even having any government intervention in the economy, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) asked him if he supported the unemployment compensation provisions of the bill. Armey said he might, but conceded that he had not read that portion of the bill. Van Hollen then extracted a confession that Armey had not even read the bill at all, even though he was appearing as an expert and repeatedly goes before the press to criticize the stimulus:
    VAN HOLLEN: Let me ask you think. You keep saying ‘if there were,’ did you read the Economic Recovery bill?
    ARMEY: No I didn’t. I had no reason to read it, I wasn’t voting on it.
    VAN HOLLEN: You’re commenting on it an awful lot, both here and in the press, about the Economic Recovery bill. We ask members of Congress to read it when they vote on it and are considering it. You’ve said a lot about it, so I’m a little surprised that you have not read it. […] It seems to me we owe it to people we are communicating with we have an understanding an read the information.
    Ironically, as part of an effort to obstruct and derail the bill, Armey launched an online petition called “ReadTheStimulus.org.” In another bit of irony, although he postures as a fierce ideological opponent of the stimulus, Armey actually worked as a lobbyist to help businesses gain from the stimulus. According to disclosures, he was paid to lobby on behalf of Cape Wind Associates and the Medicines Company on the stimulus. His son, Scott Armey, who runs his own lobbying shop, has also worked with businesses to gain stimulus funds.