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Published: Sunday, March 30 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

"... it’s imperative that we diligently watch the lawmakers as they review, debate, and vote upon these changes. Whether as part of an organization or on an individual basis, concerned citizens must pay attention." Yes, of course, but it takes time and money to pay close attention to this process, which the average work-a-day guy can't manage. It takes organization (and knowledge) to pay attention, and corporate interests typically have the most.

Josh Daniels
American Fork, UT

Commentator "marxist" makes a good point--Money in politics is a natural consequence of politics in money. The problem of "money in politics" is a problem of the government having too much authority to violate the property rights of monied interests. If government power and authority wasn't so ubiquitous, corporate or other monied interests wouldn't pay as close attention because the stakes wouldn't be so high. Today a legislator can sneeze and put an entire industry out of business with regulations or taxes. No wonder well paid lobbyists exist to keep a watchful eye on the legislature.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Is the lament of legislators passing legislation without reading it just a Utah thing?

What about Democrat leaders in Washington encouraging a vote on the ACA without reading it?

Senator Conyers:
I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” said Rep. John Conyers. “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”

That's an elected member of Congress explaining why lawmakers shouldn't bother themselves with reading bills. It's too gosh-darned difficult.

Nancy Pelosi:
"We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it"...

"You go through the gate. If the gate’s closed you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole-vault. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in. But we are going to get health care reform passed for the American people"...

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We passed it.. and they've been inserting loopholes, delaying and back-pedaling ever since.

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