Legislative abdication

In the last election 435 representatives and one-third of the senate were sent to Washington to produce legislation to solve the nation’s problems.
The legislative effort involves drafting proposed bills, holding hearings in committee to take expert testimony to refine the bills, debating the bills, and amending the bills as appropriate to achieve a consensus on what is best for the country.
The existing congress has abdicated that responsibility on what may be the most critical issue of the day, reducing the national debt. They have given their responsibility to a “super committee” of twelve members to make the decisions for them and to present something they will be unable to amend.
Are we well served by people who abdicate the job they were sent to perform?


One Response to “Legislative abdication”
  1. Al Raden Al Raden says:

    Ed, I don’t understand why people are not up in arms over this. This is an extreme case of taxation without representation. Only the people in the districts these 12 congressmen are from are represented in this debate; the rest of us are left out here, bound by the decisions of these 12. If our elected representatives then don’t go along with the deal struck by these 12, then the federal government abdicates one of its few enumerated powers – protected the American people – thru massive cuts in the military.

    We have been had by 51 of the people we worked so hard to send to the Congress. They let their arms be twisted by the threat of a default, leading to a drop in our credit rating…

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