I remember as a high school student, once in a while, actually more than once in a while, waiting until the night before an exam to begin studying. By that time, it was too late to read the book, so I used Cliff Notes. I got the gist of the story, but there was plenty of material in the book I missed entirely, never having read it.
Is this so different from our “quick to judgment” Congress voting on healthcare bills without ever having read them? We seem to be on the verge of spending a small - - well actually an enormous - - fortune; and I for one would like someone actually to read it before it is passed. Call me old-fashioned, but if I were being asked to authorize the expenditure of a whole lot of money on something, I would want to make damn sure it was in the interest of the people I represent. Our legislators have a different idea; they listen to sound bytes rather than reading the bills because (and I am not clever enough to make this up) the bills are too long and take too much time to read. Wow! That is amazing when you consider that is what they are paid to do.
Remember when we referred to these elected officials as public servants? Well, I dub them “caskless water bearers.” Like those who would attempt to carry water without a vessel, they are totally ill-equipped to pass judgment on healthcare bills since they haven’t read them. Of this I am sure: the legislators can read and can tell time. I suggest we write to our legislators and insist, as we’ve done with our children all these years, that they do their homework and don't turn on the television until it is completely finished.
Of course if they actually read what they are about to vote into law, they might find out that the sound bytes they have heard and parroted don’t accurately reflect what is in the bills. (I normally would say the sound bytes don't hold water, but that's what I said about the legislators). Ignorance is bliss to these folks.
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