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New Documentary: Fools on the Hill

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This would only boost excecutive-branch power.

Before passing any such bill, you first need a constitutional amendment (I don't know that I would trust a mere law) banning congress from delegating its authority to (executive branch, unelected) bureaucrats. That already happens to an alarming degree -- congress may vote on the 1,000 page law, but it's the bureaucrats that write the 10,000 pages of rules and regulations to fill in the placeholders left in most laws. If you simply force congress to stick to 100 page laws (or whatever they can manage to read), that won't stop them from passing laws with just as wide of a scope, it will only mean that there are even bigger placeholders in the laws that the bureaucrats are left to fill in.

Ron Paul, before the U.S. House of Representatives (August 1, 2007):

Madame Speaker, I rise to introduce the Congressional Responsibility and Accountability Act. This bill requires Congress to specifically authorize via legislation any proposed federal regulation that will impose costs on any individual of at least $5,000, impose costs on a business or other private organization of at least $25,000, impose aggregate costs on the American people of at least $250,000, or cause any American to lose his or her job.

According to some legal experts, at least three-quarters of all federal laws consist of regulations promulgated by federal agencies without the consent, or even the review of, Congress. Allowing unelected, and thus unaccountable, executive agencies to make law undermines democracy. Law-making by executive agencies also violates the intent of the drafters of the Constitution to separate legislative and executive powers. The drafters of the Constitution correctly viewed separation of powers as a cornerstone of republican government and a key to protecting individual liberty from excessive and arbitrary government power.

Congress's delegation of law-making authority to unelected bureaucrats has created a system that seems to owe more to the writings of Franz Kafka than to the writings of James Madison. The volume of regulations promulgated by federal agencies and the constant introduction of new rules make it impossible for most Americans to know with any certainty the federal laws, regulations, and rules they are required to obey. Thus, almost all Americans live with the danger that they may be hauled before a federal agency for an infraction they have no reasonable way of knowing is against the law.

While it is easy for members of Congress to complain about out-of-control federal bureaucrats, it was Congress that gave these agencies the ability to create laws. Since Congress created the problem of lawmaking by regulatory agencies, it is up to Congress to fix the problem and make certain that all federal laws are passed by the people's elected representatives. Therefore, Madame Speaker, I urge my colleagues to cosponsor the Congressional Responsibility and Accountability Act.

Perfect, EXCEPT for one thing

Perfect, EXCEPT for one thing:

Why wasn't this at the end of the video!

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who wrights the Bills

Good Idea. Another thing I would like know who are the people who wright the Bills who do they work for how do they get their position and how do they get payed. Guess I got some home work to do.

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about Bills

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Clinton/Bush/Obama: Centrist losers with their hand held out looking for a Government Bail Out Program to keep their Dividend checks propped up with Artificial Stimulus "False Profit. Welfare for stock market Gamblers.

Herman Cain Advocated a 3-Page Limit On Bills

It was the only idea of his that struck any kind of a cord with me.

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Dumb documentary...

what a total waste of time to get a bill/law passed that would force politicians to read other bills/laws.

Laws don't enforce themselves: they are just words written on paper.

There are laws that say you can't spit on sidewalks. Does anyone follow those laws? Do any cops enforce those laws? OF COURSE NOT! Laws are irrelevant: what matters is the quality of each individual in society and the standards they have.

This documentary represents the endless cycle of stupidity that is the process of passing laws.

You have to change hearts and mind before you change laws and regulations.

Passing some stupid bill is NOT going to change the character of the "fools on the hill", nor will it detach those fools from the hoard of money they have invested with the lobbyists.

Dumb documentary, a distraction from real solutions.

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If that is indeed true, then

If that is indeed true, then why on earth are we wasting our time attempting to get Dr. Paul elected into the highest office in the land? For that matter why did Dr. Paul serve in Congress if all his efforts to avert many, if not all, were useless, a waste ot time and effort?

Anything that can raise the awareness of the American People, such as this documentary, or even a bill that makes it a law for legislators to read the bills they vote on or better yet, write and read those bills cannot be an act of futility in my book.

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We must get behind this and

We must get behind this and put the heat on these high and mighty foolish suckers. We are the power, not the scapegoat. It's time to remind them and put an end to their madness before they sell us out beyond recovery.

Fools?

They vote for their own raises on the public dime and live lavishly while the people starve.

Sound like Politburo members to me.

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Here's the only problem with this feel good bill

If you don't have politicians that are honest morally enough to take the time to read a bill in the first place they probably will find a way around having to follow the law, once it's in place or just plain outright break it.

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Easy to Read...

I would just add as an aside that if we really wanted to make the bills easy to read for them, the length of the bill should not exceed the length of the Constitution. So if we were to take my version of the Constitution by Croft Classics edited by Martin Shapiro the entire body of the text (including amendments is 34 pages. The font looks at least 12 pt Times New Roman and there are plenty of spaces and wide margins. The way I see it if the supreme law of the land is 34 pages and that encompasses the protection of our sacred freedoms, I would suggest no law should exceed this amount because there is bound to be something devious in these superfluous pages.

How about passing a bill that

says for any one new law to be passed an existing law has to be scrapped?

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Zero-sum legislation :)

It's a simple request that any Fool should understand.

Fools on The Hill. We just want politicians to read the laws that they pass. Simple, right?

Within a month of 9/11, our Congress passed the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, one of the most controversial and unconstitutional pieces of legislation we've seen in our 200+ years of existence. A knee-jerk reaction to an uncontrollable and tragic event.

The 342 page document was voted on and passed within a month and a half of the event. This includes drafting, reading, debating and voting on the act.

Congressman Jim McDermott alleged that NO SENATOR READ THE BILL and John Conyers, Jr. responded by saying "We don't read most of the bills. Do you really know what that would entail if we read every bill that we passed?"

Would that entail that you're actually doing your JOB, Mr. Conyers? Heaven forbid we forced you to do the job that we elected you to do, that would be a travesty!

The fact remains that most members of Congress, both House and Senate, rarely read and understand the very same laws they vote on in their entirety. Some of these same members of Congress sometimes skip out on voting all together, as if the six figure income, secret service protection, provided housing, pension plan, travel expenses, living accommodation, full staff, full healthcare plans and countless perks of being an elected official aren't worth the time it takes to read, understand and vote on the laws and future of this nation.

These are the fools that we elect every term and this is the foolishness that's ruining this country.

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Shane, you stated: "Within a

Shane, you stated: "Within a month of 9/11, our Congress passed the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, one of the most controversial and unconstitutional pieces of legislation we've seen in our 200+ years of existence. A knee-jerk reaction to an uncontrollable and tragic event.

The 342 page document was voted on and passed within a month and a half of the event. This includes drafting, reading, debating and voting on the act."

This statement which you made, and the vast majority of Americans truly do believe, is actually false.

The PATRIOT Act was previously introduced as the Omnibus Counter-terrorism Act of 1995 by Senator Joe Biden as S390. Like the PATRIOT Act, the Omnibus Counter-terrorism Act of 1995 was introduced shortly after the Oklahoma City Bombing -meaning it must have been written even before then. I've heard rumors that it was first ready to be introduced in 1993 after the first bombing of the World Trade Center but it failed to acquire co-sponsors to enable it to be introduced; if this is true then that would mean that the Bill was written before the WTC bombing of 1993. When it was actually written and by whom is anybody's guess.

The following are links to the Omnibus Counter-terrorism Act of 1995; these links are to a government website, so if you do not want to go to their website then you can just do a search for it, through Startpage

104th Congress (1995-1996) S.390.IS The IS following S.390 means that it was (I)ntroduced in the (S)enate.

Beginning; as you can see here it was introduced by Senator Joe Biden

Plenty of people(lawmakers and insiders) have read these Bills, that is just a misdirection, because most -if not all- of these Bills have been around for quite some time.

I find it quite interesting to point this out to the partisan individuals whom I meet: in 1995 when this Bill was introduced the majority of Republicans were against it -because it was going to grow government and the government would be spying on us- and then in 2001 as it was introduced as the PATRIOT Act, the Democrats put up a fuss about it, because it was going to allow the government to spy on us; it was, as we all know, just political theater for the dumbed down lethargic sloth-like society who wouldn't realize the irony that the Dems didn't mind the government spying on us in 1995, when they introduced the Bill, but they have a problem with it in 2001, and that the Repubs had a problem with government being able to spy on the citizens in 1995 but they didn't have a problem in 2001 when essentially the same Bill was introduced by a Republican.

This type of action builds the premise that the Republicans vote against Bills because they are Democrat Bills and that Democrats vote against Bills because they are Republican Bills; but this is also false since neither the Democrats nor the Republicans actually wrote/write the Bill(s). The Bills are written by "Think Tanks" which are funded by NWO proponents and conspirators.

Very interesting. Thank you.

Very interesting. Thank you.

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If they had to actually read

If they had to actually read these monstrocities then they might not have to to actually cause any more damage then the already have!

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This should be bumped and

This should be bumped and bumped again!

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That's a great documentary

That's a great documentary that needs to be watched by every American!

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They should make it free to the public online or

donate most of the proceeds to their liberty outlet of choice. Otherwise most people wont fork over the 16$ to watch it I think.

Looks like a very good story we all need to watch though.

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