Great article. At a minimum, American voters should know who wrote
and how the legislation their elected representatives are voting on was crafted.
We should also know who is funding the campaign ads and who is contributing to
the campaigns. (obviously within reason). Why do Republicans
continue to filibuster and oppose the Disclose Act? Do we want
money to be the determining factor in who has the power in our society?We might as well go back to the early days of the Constitution--where only
wealthy landholders had the right to vote.
In Utah, bills are not debated and decided "in the light of day." Their
status, contents and outcomes are decided in the Republican Party quorums (both
House and Senate), and then rubber-stamped in committee meetings and on the
floor of the legislature. The light of day, in reality, never touches them.
That's a big problem that comes from a de facto one party system like we
have in Utah (and that's why the party quorums need to stop being behind
closed doors except for an extremely limited number of issues). Sad.
Surely it must be time for a new set of legislators.
To JThompson: then propose it in public. With ALEC in town have them put out
there at the end of the conference the ideas/plans/proposals that will come out
of the week. Invite the 4th Estate in to cover the event. In fact I would call
out not only ALEC but also groups like ACORN as well. Like one other previous
poster said "When you turn on the lights they scatter like cockroaches".
With that said, even though I don't agree with people like Mr. Wimmer
at least he puts himself,out there. Better to have a civil disagreement than to
work in the shadows.
The writer assumes that the origin of the bill is more important than the text
in the bill.If a bill is a good bill, it has text that tells us why
it is a good bill. That is what counts. Whether a king or a pauper suggested
that bill should make no difference to those who vote on the bill. They should
be focused on what that bill would do, not on the person or persons who
"influenced" someone in the legislature to write the bill.Any legislator who does not know what is in a bill should not vote on the
bill. Our legislature does not need to use the "Pelosi rule" that it
needs to pass a bill before knowing what's in the bill.Attacking the messenger is a popular sport, but it has no use except to make
those who do it proud of their "chest pounding". A good
bill is a good bill - regardless of who proposes it.
Excellent comments.Unfortunately, in Utah, they fall on deaf ears
and blind eyes.For some mysterious reason, many people in this state
seem bent upon bringing about their own destruction.I simply
don't understand it.
Excellent analysis, Mr. Kanter. Thank you.ALEC is a blight on
democracy. Doubt me? Then find out why these policy-making meetings
between corporate lobbyists and legislators don't permit the public or
reporters to attend.If the light of public scrutiny were ever shown
on these guys, they'd scatter like cockroaches.