With the 2012 elections behind us and a new Congress about to be sworn in, it is time to take stock of the way we govern and the consequences thereof.
The American people may have elected the status quo in governing but they do not expect it in governance. Citizens are sick and tired of partisanship and procedures and processes that legislators do not understand and the American people cannot make heads or tails of.
Our founding fathers wrote the documents creating the greatest nation the world has ever known using plain English. Although drafted by highly educated and talented people, they knew that in order to get the public to support their efforts the common as well as the cultured had to understand them.
There is not a doubt in my mind that the average American high school student today can fully understand and appreciate the words and the meaning of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the amendments thereto including the Bill of Rights.
The same cannot be said of the healthcare bill passed by the House. You need a PHD, a degree in economics and a law degree to fully appreciate the convoluted and highly technical legislation that will affect every single American.
There is no way even the average legislator can fully understand a more than 1,900-page highly technical bill, even with the benefit of an extensive staff.
Highly specialized staffers, government lawyers, lobbyists, industry executives and their lawyers write these bills. They are purposely written to obscure the true intent, meaning and effect of the bills they author.