Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Why Senator Johnny can’t read the Health Care Reform Bill

[Sen.]Carper described the type of language the actual text of the [health care]bill would finally be drafted in as "arcane," "confusing," "hard stuff to understand," and "incomprehensible." He likened it to the "gibberish" used in credit card disclosure forms.-- Nicholas Ballasy
The triumph of man’s hope over experience!

No silly the triumph of man’s hope over experience isn’t referring to Barry Soetoro’s winning the presidential election in 2008, No I’m speaking about something else that is just as sinister as that win. I’m concerned with the recent disclosure that no one can read the Health Care Reform bill that was just finalize out of the Senate Finance Committee.

Sen. Thomas Carper (D.-Del.) member of the Senate Finance Committee, has claimed that the health care bill which his committee has just finished is so convoluted, so filled with arcane un-understandable legislative language that not a single American from the President on down to the Senators who will be voting for this legislation will be able to understand what is in it or what it will cost or what it will inevitably allow or disallow.

Sen. Carper likens the Senate’s version of health care reform to the legal gibberish found on credit card disclosure statements which nobody reads and nobody understands. (see story) (see 4:17min. video)

Huh? So the Senate writes a health care bill in the most cryptic and indiscernible language that it can muster and then writes an English translation that is close but not quite representative of what’s in the legislation. All of this so that Senators can give the appearance that they know what’s in the legislation if, of course, they chose to read the interpretation of the legislative language.

What’s ironic is Sen. Carper’s complete lack of understand regarding his remark that the Senate forced Credit Card companies to write in “plain English” on their disclosure forms. Which begs the question, doesn’t the Senate understand that they should be doing the same with their own legislative language? This by and large means that legislative language is meant to hide meaning (according to the Senator) just as much as it is meant to convey it. Sounds to me that there are going to be things hidden in plain sight in this legislation.

In as much as the original intent of language was to convey thought and meaning it seems somewhat paradoxical to me that the greatest deliberative body in the world, the U.S. Senate, would write in a language that is so codified no one including they themselves can understand it. What is even more troubling is that they have full intentions of voting on that legislation, passing it and sending it to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

Americans should demand that all legislation from this point on be written so that any American can read it. Our legislative branch is currently acting with criminal intent when it uses language to confuse, deceive and defraud the American people.

It’s time to shine the disinfectant of plain language, as if it were the light of day, onto both the House and Senate.

If the Senators, Representatives and the President all do not know what it is that they are signing into law because they can’t understand the legislative language written therein, whether it’s health care or any other bill for that matter, how dare they speak down to American people in tones of derision and mockery when the American people opposite their ill conceived laws? That indeed is a travesty!

No other reform is need in America greater than the need for Comprehensive Congressional Legislative reform! We don’t need Comprehensive Health Care Reform or Comprehensive Immigration Reform until we fix what is broken with our government.

What is broken is our Legislative Branch is writing laws in language that they don’t understand. What’s broken is our Judicial Branch’s rulings when they are inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States, the very document that they are supposed to uphold.

Finally what is broken is our Executive Branch in it a president that is using his office to fundamentally change the United States of America from a Constitutionally based Representative Democracy to one of a 1960’s utopian dream of which all of the underground elements that worked to undermine the establishment in the by-gone days of street revolution are presently in charge.

Instead of hearing burn, baby burn from the streets of the ghettos one can hear it being exclaimed on any given day coming from the halls within the White House. Burn tradition and traditional values, burn meaning and the dictionary and burn down the Party of opposition. And right next to the portrait of George Washington there is now posters hanging of H. Rap Brown and Huey P. Newton.

This Government, this administration is a Ball of Confusion of change. The kind of change where we have Health Care and Climate Change Bills being advanced that no one can read. In addition to that change we are experiencing a changed to that of a radical 60’s Black Panther style in-yo-face militancy that promises to punch back twice as hard at its political opponents when any question is raised about consequences of the laws that this administration intends to enact.

This is the change that America has voted in and this is why Senator Johnny can’t read the Health Care Bill. (see 36 sec. video)

It seems nobody in Washington wants to read the laws that they wish to enact!

Oh, here’s a thought Sen. Carper and Rep. Conyers don’t write a bill or allow a bill to be written that you personally or your colleagues can’t read. Now that’s the kind of reform that that America needs not any of this other stuff!

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