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More Irresponsible Behavior from Our Congress

While speaking at the National Press Club luncheon, Democratic Congressman John Conyers(D-Mich.), who is also the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, mocks the need to read bills before voting on them, because it takes two lawyers to interpret them and more than two days to work through them!  And this from the chair of the Judiciary Committee????

Since chairman Conyers will not be subject to the same health care reforms my family will be (the congress will retain all their current gold-package health care benefits regardless of what bill ultimately makes its way through congress), I guess there's no need for him to even know what is in the bill.

This is infuriating.

Reader Comments (108)

I agree. Are term limits the answer?
July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHoward
Term limits are the answer. Politicians' brains atrophy from lack of use if they are allowed to serve too long.
July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterreg
This administration does not want to fix anything. It wants to CONTROL. The Health Care Reform is nothing but a government take-over of our health care system. The bill creates several new Federal bureaucracies, Boards, Advisers, who will lord it over the system, dictating what is best for us, according to them. If you need that knee replacement, get it done NOW, before the gov't tells you that you are too old, or it will cost too much, or you have to wait two years. No joke.
July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPat T.
Term limits?

Most of these Democrats will be voted out in 2010, and in 2012. (If we still have a country by then.)

Never, ever, has a president blamed absolutely everything that goes wrong on his predecessor -- when he is to blame for most of the current mess that the country finds itself in.

With a government run health care system, the great young minds will no longer be attracted to the medical profession. Most will be seeking jobs as attorneys or government workers.
July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd Cadle
It's unsettling to know that when my time is up, I'll be sent to the pound instead of given medical care! Scary stuff.......
Shame on Conyers! And Reid, and Pelosi, and naseum.
July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhb
Personally, I don't see how anyone, especially Christians, can vote for Democrats. They are pro-choice, which is anathema to those who believe in the incarnation. They are also obliterating our freedom through socialism. Obama reminds me of a modern day Joseph as he gobbles up the private sector. Joseph's policies may have been good for Pharaoh, but they enslaved the people to Pharaoh.

While I agree the church's focus should be on the gospel, one wonders how much the culture wars reflect the spiritual war for the souls of men? At some point, does it become irresponsible and cowardly for Christians not to take a side in political issues of our day? While the Republican party is far from perfect, they do seem to be the party of life and freedom.

I don't have the answers to my own questions, but I am praying that the Lord will thwart the policies of this new administration for the good of the country. Jeremiah 29 says that the Lord's people should seek the welfare of the society they are placed in, and it seems to me that the welfare of the USA is best served by the frustration of the Democratic party.
July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBill Weber
D.C. is a nightmare. I do find some relief reading the satire on the Op-Toons blog. Op-Toons is my Walter Cronkite. You might want to check it out. Today's new post is especially good IMO. :)
July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSjB
Years ago when I was still working in corporate America we used to have a saying: "It takes ten 'atta-boy's' to compensate for one 'Aw @#%$!' from a manager." The point being, yes, most of these people will be voted out in 2010 or 2012 if and when this country's citizens come to their senses. But by that time the damage will have been done, new laws, policies, and bureaucracies will have been established and it will take a long, long time to reverse them.

Things should never have gotten to this point in the first place and I'm still trying to get my arms around exactly what happened in the general election last November. I've seen some of the demographics of the people who voted for these politicians and can only conclude that it was a reactionary response characteristic of the same lilt and lyric of MTV, hip-hop, and the most recent lewd, crude, and otherwise socially unacceptable shoot-'em-up, blood&guts action movie.
July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
Unfortunately, this attitude is all too common in Washington.

And unfortunately for Bill Weber, the Republican party is not doing any better. Many Christians refuse to vote for a party that wants to control the rest of the world through war, saving our children from abortion but murdering the children in other nations.
July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim
I live in Michigan, near Detroit, Conyers district. Sit down Dr. Riddlebarger and I'll really make steam come out of your ears. Apparently the local news did not make it to where you live.

Conyers wife was the President of Detroit City Council. She resigned shortly after pleading guilty, recently, to accepting bribes.

I can only speculate but I guess Conyers has been so busy writing bad law he forgot to tell the Mrs how to avoid capture.
July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMason

Going to the pound might be an upgrade these days.
July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris Sherman
The Republicans are far from perfect, Tim, but if I have to choose in a two party system, the choice is not hard.
July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBill Weber
I do not know how the Christians that I know who voted for Obama, reconciled Obama's horrendous record of disregard for life in the womb, and out of it, with their belief that God creates life at conception. There is no reconciliation. Obama now wants the federal gov't to run/ruin the best health care system in the world. May God have mercy on us, and spare us the dictator getting what he wants. Reference websites of The Heritage Foundation, Conservatives for Patient's Rights, The Mayo Clinic, The Wall Street Journal,, if you would like more information. You may also google HR3200, the 1018 page bill that our representatives find too difficult to read. I've heard today that Speaker Pelosi has an additional 300 pages of amendments to add to the 1018. Conyers will need more than 2 days and 2 lawyers! Something tells me 2 months and 20 lawyers would not make a difference. Mt. 5:13, Salt of the earth...
July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPat T.
My God is not the lesser of two evils.

I didn't know we were restricted to only voting Republican or Democrat.
July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim
I have found the key to politics and politicians- keep your expectations very very low.
July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris Sherman
Careful, Tim, you're posturing to tip a sacred cow with all that murdering stuff. You have my sympathy, but you might also get the hooves.

Bill, how does praying for the thwarting of our leaders square with NT teaching on obedience and praying FOR authority? Is there something wrong with just plain, old-fashioned dissent? And what does one do who thinks the Republican party is way more neo-conservative (read: liberal) than paleo-conservative?
July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZrim
Zrim, I think it's simple. We should seek the welfare of the society we live in. Is it in the best interest of the society to lose its freedom and promote a culture of death? No. Therefore, let's pray that the Lord will be gracious to our nation and spare it from the plans of those who would lead us in a wrong direction.
July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBill Weber
Here in my state (Arizona), we have a right to work state. We love our guns. It is also a state which has a huge Libertarian Party following.

The platform of the Libertarian Party has a lot of great concepts and alternatives that I believe have some very solid possible solutions to the problems that our fine politicians have gotten us into.

It seems, well -- very American! Hmmm. I think that many of our founding fathers might well have run as Libertarians.

I am going to be looking long and hard at possibly switching to this party.

Any thoughts from my fellow Riddleblogger friends?

July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd Cadle
the departed Bushite crew were even less interested in our freedom than the current Obamaite crew. The difference is the former wanted to restrict our right to disagree on political issues, the latter is more interested in restricting our economic freedoms. Obama arguably "promotes the culture of death" on social issues, but Bush certainly had few qualms about collateral damage and the culture of death this caused around the world.

Let us not demonize only one party and sanctify the other. They both suck (to use the vernacular). We are stuck with choosing to vote for the one we find less obnoxious at any given point, always remembering that like us they are reprehensible sinners who will invariably let us us down.

In terms of our prayer life and our leaders I think Zrim is far closer to the biblical mandate than you are. As it was in Paul's time, we are to pray for the corrupt, pagan emperor- for his welfare and for him to institute good governance.
July 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterreg
I don't know, Bill, if a subordinate appealed to my superior with the express intention to "thwart my decisions" at work just because he disagreed strongly, he's generally considered an undermining employee, and troublesome and meddling and misguided. Those are the sorts of employees that embarrass others. It takes more than differing outlooks to justify such drastic appeals.
July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZrim

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