Somehow I think this would be getting more news if Max Baucus were a Republican. During “a constituents meeting in the small Montana town of Libby, as reported by the Flathead Beacon, a local newspaper”, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus was asked by a constituent, Judy Matott if he had “read the health care bill before it was passed and if not, that is the most despicable, irresponsible thing.”
“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.”
We hire experts?!?!? Experts to read the legislation that you vote on? I thought in this nation we elected legislators to craft, draft, consider and enact legislation.
Here we’ve got a citizen of a small-town showing a better sense of an elected official’s responsibility than a 30-year veteran of the United States Senate.
Kind of gets at the real divide emerging in America. And the arrogance of those who want to enact laws and otherwise effect policies impacting the Judy Matotts of this world.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Sonicfrog tells us that he posted on this first — and indeed he did, offering, “I for one would love to see who the ‘experts’ were that crafted this bill. Can we see that please? You know, transparency and all that?” He’s got a point. I mean, since they drafted the laws which will soon govern the health care system for all Americans, shouldn’t they come forward to townhall meetings like that Mr. Baucus held, take questions from citizens (who have to live under their decrees) and put themselves up for election at regular intervals?