Re: Our Senior Senator
Sorry, Matt, Carper has never made my top-500 list of politicians by any stretch of the imagination. But, he's not the only one who does not read the bills. Very few members of the United States Congress do.
Originally Posted by M.Opaliski
I know for a fact that the late Senator Bill Roth rarely read the content of the bills he signed--I spent tons of research time with him. He never even opened his copy of the Communications Act. And, he still voted for it.
I've voted for Mike Castle in every election he's ever sought. He does NOT read most of the bills he signs. But, he's well versed on what he's signing.
And, back in the day... TOM EVANS... remember him? He never read a single one of the bills he signed. And, even worse, he didn't even understand the synopsis and those are written in English.
But, in his defense, I don't think he knew HOW to read. I'm not sure it was before before Hooked on Phonics became massively available or it was because he was too busy chasing his married girl friends.
They read a synopsis of the bills provided by their staff lawyers. And, here's some more news; half of the lawyers have trouble completely understanding the legal mumbo-jumbo in the bills.
I don't trust Carper as far as I can throw him, and I've known him for years.
But I assure you he'll be well versed as to the contents of the Health Bill, a whole lot more so than if he actually sat down and tried reading the legal text.
This is all he meant by his statement; it was more tongue in cheek and indication of just how tedious and boring the legalese is.
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.