Read Any Good Law Lately?

“Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.” – ILN, 4/19/30 G.K. Chesterton

Read the fine print. Never sign anything without reading the number 4 font legalese at the bottom of every legal document. This is what got so many home owners in trouble; they failed to read the fine print before signing a note their paychecks couldn’t keep up with down the road.

But it is not just the mistake made by those on “Main Street” as Obama so cheerfully calls them, but those ruling on “E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE”, on behalf of the American citizen. who should be reading the fine print before they sign anything into law. Any business plan worth it’s salt is never rushed into, but thoroughly researched, analyzed, professional advise sought and legally examined prior to any signature. It is said the foolish man begins to build without counting the cost, yet the very men and women who attempt to run our government have fallen prey to the same blind mistake thousands of displaced homeowners have faced.

The Congress has panicked, they have not done their due diligence, they have signed their John Hancocks to legally binding contracts that affect the lives of Main Street, Wall Street and every dirt road in America. Don’t do as they do, nor do as they say, for those who have signed legislation into law without adequately reading, let alone researching the full letter of the law which their signatures whole heartily declare support for, do so in ignorance, not in the good faith of their constituents.

Terry Neece of the NCPA stated in an interview with Our Blook, “There is little to praise in this $787 billion stimulus bill. The President signed a colossal bill that virtually no one read, which relies on out-of-date economic theories to stimulate the economy.” No one read the fine print and no one did the homework. According to Neece, the economic theories that Congress is operating with in order to write this legislation is “obsolete”.

The rush to judgment, on a rush job, that stimulates a rush to panic, should cause the governing body to rush and reconsider their ways and means. The ire felt due to the recent bonus pay for AIG, on the backs of American taxpayers, is the fault of those who penned their names without doing their due diligence. So instead of taking responsibility, they pass the buck, or rather steal the buck back from the very one’s they mistakenly gave the money to in the first place. It seems to me, that our representative body would do well to give back the pork and beans, and the bonuses they gave themselves and their pet projects, when they signed this stimulus legislation.

The Magna Carta stated that the King was not above the law and even he must obey it. Our founding documents are largely based on this philosophy and yet I wonder if the Senators, the Congressmen and the President have ever read and given credence to the values found in this most important legal document. I find it hard to believe that they have read it, let alone practice it. They live and rule as if they are above the law of the land and they punish the peasants and wealthy landowners for questioning their authority and intelligence.

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One response to “Read Any Good Law Lately?

  • Douglas Thompson

    The words of our President in his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday February 24, 2009 (Source: Office of the White House press):
    …“ I know there are some in this chamber and watching at home who are skeptical of whether this plan will work. I understand that skepticism. Here in Washington, we’ve all seen how quickly good intentions can turn into broken promises and wasteful spending. And with a plan of this scale comes enormous responsibility to get it right. That is why I have asked Vice President Biden to lead a tough, unprecedented oversight effort — because nobody messes with Joe…
    …My job — our job — is to solve the problem. Our job is to govern with a sense of responsibility”.
    Perhaps Mr. President, more than a mere sense of responsibility is required to lead. Your name is written on this document, you are going to be held accountable. President Woodrow Wilson once said:
    “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.”
    Are you listening?

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