Wednesday - August 25, 2010

Category Image We Hire People for that.  But We Don't Elect Them. 

With the state of American politics today, it takes a lot to shock me but today I am again completely shocked.  Sen. Max Baucus, a democrat from Montana, explained his failure to read the Obamacare bill prior to voting on it.

"I don't think you want me to waste my time to read every page of the health care bill.  You know why?  It's statutory language," Baucus said.  "We hire experts."

I'm sorry.  I thought we voted for you because you were to be the expert.  Your office defines your expertise.  If you don't understand it, how the heck are your constituents supposed to understand it?

The level of logical and ethical perversity to make this statement boggles my mind.  

What's next?  Do we outsource our experts from India or equatorial Africa?  I met a lot of Ghanaians who were quite intelligent and well educated in English.  I bet they could get a low bid on statutory expertise.  

Next time you call your democrat senator or other elected officials, will you get a calling center in New Dehli?

What's even more amazing is that this quote is not a head line on the big newspapers.  Some people think well of the New York Times, I certainly don't.  Their failure to run this on their front page for a week is part of why I feel that way.  Instead, it's buried near the bottom of a newspaper called the Flathead Beacon.

Hat tip to Tree Hugging Sister of the Coalition of the Swilling for the link.

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