Congress: Stupid is as stupid does

As crippled and clinically-dead health care “reform” bills make their way through the House and Senate it becomes painfully clear that — once again — our mentally-challenged elected representatives are out of their depth.

Most members of Congress are not especially bright and many will vote on changing the health care structure of this nation without having the slightest idea what’s in the bill, what it will cost and what effect it will have on millions of Americans.

Won’t be the first time this has happened. Won’t be the last. Most members of Congress have neither the time or the intellect to read or understand the massive documents of doublespeak that masquerades as legislation.

In 2001, Congress passed the rights-robbing USA Patriot Act and most of those who voted for the act admitted afterward they hadn’t actually read the bill.

Members of Congress come from all walks of life. Few come to Washington with any experience in dealing with the many complex issues they must attempt to understand when it comes to deciding the fate of Americans.

So they depend on staff to provide expertise and, in far too many cases, the staff was picked for political expedience, not practical experience.

Legislative aides are too often young, fresh-faced newbies to Washington who work at entry-level salaries. Those with the expertise left the hill long ago for lucrative lobbying jobs downtown and they come back only to help fashion bills that benefit their special interest employers, not the American people.

More legislation is written on K Street, the home of lobbyists, than on Capitol Hill. The talking points that members of Congress use in debates on the floor of the House and Senate are all too often written by staff members who used outlines prepared by lobbyists.

The end result is flawed legislation that those who vote on it don’t understand because it was crafted by moneyed special interests who are a hell of a lot smarter than any them.

This is not government of the people, for the people or by the people. It is government by the special interests, for the special interest who enjoy doing it to the people.