Expanding Government by Reauthorization

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Have you ever wondered why bills written by Congress and the Senate are often so long? Many are hundreds or thousands of pages. Most are not even read before being voted on. And even you could struggle through the length, you will need a legal interpreter to be able to understand what you just read. These bills are so cumbersome, so complicated, that they’re impossible to understand, much less vote on.

But vote on these bills they do. And it’s doubtful that the vast majority of politicians have any idea of what they are voting on and passing.

Worse, I no longer think that it even matters. The majority of democrats and Republicans don’t care what is in any given piece of legislation, as long as even a portion of it, somehow advances their agenda. And it’s usually a tiny few paragraphs or so that are hidden among the mountain of pages.

The only exceptions to this statement are the few constitutional conservatives who continually hold on to the Originalist view of the rule of law. But that number is too few to have an affect on most outcomes. read more