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For Your Consideration: Legislative Policies

By CHARLIE ALLO
Contributing Writer

It appears that our legislative body has gotten off track with respect to the intent of the U.S. Constitution. There are problems that are continually coming to the forefront of the news presented by the media. The legislative problems and the reasoning behind them have been pointed out for some time, but there seems to be no resolve to change the way the legislative body performs its work. It’s worthwhile to take a look at some of the problems Congress creates in developing legislation.
 One aspect that is often touted is the expansion of the Federal government’s power; this is a natural position to take by those that were elected to serve at the Federal level, but these representatives should also be protecting the sovereignty of the states that they are representing.
Another aspect that impedes the problem solving aspect is the strong ideological position of the party in power; solutions are generated by the subcommittees, and the solutions usually reflect the ideology of the party in power. Frequently, these solutions have little to do with the problems being addressed; they are designed to ingratiate the party in the eyes of the electorate.
Sometimes the only way a bill can become legislation is to buy vote from other representatives; this is accomplished in a number of ways. The two most common ways of getting support for a bill is to insert some program into the bill that has nothing to do with the issue being addressed; the other method is to support the other representatives legislation when it comes up for a vote. The only way the current
healthcare legislation got through the House and Senate way by pulling out all the stops on trading votes.
One has to believe that there are too many bills that are voted on that have not been read, or understood; again one can cite the healthcare legislation as a case in point, the full impact of this legislation is still in question. The legislation continues to grow and become even more ambiguous; this trend leads to another problem, one of control.
Another area that our legislators fall short on is in assigning responsibility for actions and placing limitations on what agencies can do and cannot do. Too frequently, legislation is written up in a manner that is so ambiguous that for all intents and purposes the bureaucratic agencies are given a free hand in the implementation of the legislation. This format might be fine for the legal profession, but it leaves to door open for too many abuses. 
It almost goes without saying that the current system is designed to keep many of our elected officials in off, and contributes greatly to the growth in the agencies within the Federal government. All these shortcomings only put more of a demand for higher taxes, which is preventing a recovery from the recession that the Nation is in; to make things worse, these actions are leading the Nation to a depression. Don’t believe what many of the pundits are suggesting, look at the trends and follow them to their logical conclusion. There are more than enough examples around the world to give one a clear view of what is in store for the Nation if we don’t correct our course.             
The Founders designed our Constitution to maximize freedom of the individual and minimize the power of government. One finds it perplexing to find that after two centuries large portions of the electorate appear to desire a reversal in these basic principles of the U.S. Constitution. It should be clear to most of the electorate that the reestablishment of the original intent of the Constitution will contribute greatly to the resolution of many of the Nation’s problems. There is no system that will be fair to all individuals, and any acceptance of this concept would suggest that it is being viewed with a jaundice eye. There are too many variables within each individual for any system to be truly fair to all members of any large society; fairness is something that we should continually strive for within our society, but it will not be accomplished with any single system that is intended to fit all participants.