Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cheap Politics

I started to actually mention Massachusetts in the title of this blog, but then I reconsidered. I can't tell if Massachusetts is setting a horrible example or simply, openly exposing the truth of American politics. First of all, Massachusetts is already doing this mandated health care in their state. It was, by the way, implemented by a Republican Governor. Some folks say the new health care plan has made things even worse than before, as far as primary care, etc. But today, yet another Massachusetts headline caught my attention. Seems the State Senate is passing a bill that will allow the governor to appoint someone to fill the seat of Senator Kennedy until a special election in January. Senator Kennedy's vacant seat appears to be costing the Democrats their full 60 seat filibuster-proof power. What I found particularly interesting about this new bill is the reason it's needed, is so recent. From what I've been able to glean, many states already have it in their constitution, or whatever, that the governor can appoint a temporary seating until a special election is held, and Massachusetts had that until 2004. The State Senate at that time scurried to get that law changed in the event that Senator John Kerry were elected president. At that time, the predominantly democratic State Senate did not want to take a chance that then, republican, Governor Mitt Romney, could appoint anyone. So, basically, the politicians can simply change laws and amend laws as the winds of party change directions. Since they are indeed proving that fact right before our very eyes, why does so much loss of freedom for the people legislation not get undone when the party changes?
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. a Proverb of Holy Scripture
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