The freshly written immigration bill introduced in the Senate on Wednesday is one example of legislation that will have significant and lasting consequences.
The bill is 844 pages long and takes approximately 3 full days to read -- even without taking any breaks.
Senators have not had time to read it, let alone to study its accuracy and impact before its only scheduled hearing this morning.
Do you believe even one senator will take time to read the entire bill before the hearing? (In case you're curious, here's a link to the Senate Immigration Bill. In a few days, maybe hours, you could know more about it than some senators.)
Of course, many senators divide the bill and delegate their study to subordinates, so-called experts, or lobbyists who brief them. But as we have seen from past experience, that isn't working so well.
Does anyone believe ObamaCare could have survived if politicians had been required to take time to really study it, and then accurately discuss its provisions with the people they serve?
Now, even Obama-supporting union leaders are calling for it to be repealed, saying, "In the rush to achieve its passage, many of the Act's provisions were not fully conceived, resulting in unintended consequences..." That's the nice way to say it's full of crap.
It didn't have to be this way. We could have done it right. And that's just one example of many.
Have we learned anything from our experience? Will our senators read and understand the Immigration Bill before they vote on it ? The bill is already having a significant impact. Undocumented workers are flooding across the border so "Obama can give them amnesty."
Will Senators carefully consider the impact of each provision? Will they give such important legislation enough effort to get it right?
Why do our elected "representatives" spend less time considering legislation that will have a profound influence on America than President Obama spends considering his basketball brackets and golf games, or Michelle invests in planning her next extravagant party or opulent outing?
Are we governed by fools who care more about power, prestige, perks and privileges than they care about protecting our lives, liberty, peace, and prosperity?
We know where this path leads. We've been here before, more times than we care to count. We can anticipate troubling consequences in the short term, and a deeply disturbing accumulation of consequences in the not-so-distant future.
And as we have seen from past experience, the decisions we make about immigration policy are significant and lasting. Immigration legislation will:
- Touch the lives of millions of immigrants
- Exert a powerful and lasting influence on all Americans
- Change the political landscape and balance of political power
- Impact national security
- Shape the very future of America
- And as a result, influence untold millions around the world.
It would be wise to divide the bill into meaningful components that senators have time to carefully consider and vet properly. But at the very least, they should read and understand what they are voting on.
Politicians must stop taking action on massive bills they haven't read and don't understand. We should support senators of character and courage who want senators to do their duty.
Hold your senators and other elected leaders accountable! Tell them to READ THE BILL!