A Pledge To America: Reform Congress and Restore Trust

I am again looking forward to reading the ideas proposed here.  I remain optimistic that there will be some measures of this pledge that are worthwhile.  (Full text of the Pledge here)

Page 35: We will ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives. Sounds good to me.  A longer timeframe would be better to allow for more people to read, but I think this is a good start.

Adhere To the Constitution – For too long, Congress has ignored the proper limits imposed by the Constitution on the federal government. Further, it has too often drafted unclear and muddled laws, leaving to an unelected judiciary the power to interpret what the law means and by what authority the law stands. This lack of respect for the clear Constitutional limits and authorities has allowed Congress to create ineffective and costly programs that add to the massive deficit year after year. We will require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified. Here is one of the items that I have been pointing out again and again.  This pledge says that they will adhere to the constitution, that they will cite specific authority before passing a law.  This is direct contradiction to the last section on healthcare.  Remember “Health care should be accessible for all, regardless of pre-existing conditions or past illnesses. We will expand state high-risk pools, reinsurance programs and reduce the cost of coverage. We will make it illegal for an insurance  company to deny coverage…”?

We will let any lawmaker — Democrat or Republican — offer amendments to reduce spending. I’ll buy this.

I am really disappointed in the adhere to the Constitution part.  After all the expanded government ideas put forth here, I just do not think that this is what is really believed.

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