Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Kindergarten kids have more clue than Congress (1/4/06)

Written before ReadtheBill.org was launched, this editorial describes the problem.

Excerpts follow. The whole thing is worth reading.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“When will they ever learn?” (editorial)
Jan. 4, 2006 (p. 10A)

If preventing mistakes from being repeated requires learning from the past, Congress should study last month’s budget debacle. First-day kindergarten students have a better idea of what’s going on around them than did members of Congress.

The final version of a 774-page spending-cut bill was first given to lawmakers at 1:19 a.m. on Dec. 19. House members then had to vote on the $40 billion measure before the sun came up over the Potomac River.

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No member of Congress can know about, understand and agree with every line item in the federal government’s massive budgets. But the public and businesses affected by budgets should be able to assume that the spending bill have received adequate scrutiny and that members of Congress know, generally, what they are voting on.

(emphasis added)