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Congress doesn't write or read (laws)


By Warner M. Montgomery
Warner@TheColumbiaStar.com

Congress increases our tax burden and violates the Constitution by using federal bureaucrats to write and enforce laws.

The people, through the Constitution, gave Congress the power to write our laws. Congress has loaned that power to un-elected bureaucrats. Each year bureaucrats issue tens-of-thousands of dictates. None of these rules are written by Congress, read by Congress, debated by Congress, or voted on by Congress.

The constitution grants judges and juries the power to decide guilt and render punishments. But Congress has given bureaucrats this power, too. Groups of unelected bureaucrats serve the combined role of legislators, police, judges, juries, and punishers.

Congress claims it needs experts to write the rules. We agree that Congress lacks expertise, but this is no excuse for delegating its responsibilities. Congress can hire whatever expertise it lacks, but it still has an obligation to write the rules, read the rules, debate the rules, and vote the rules into law.

If Congress actually had to do its job there’s no way it could make government grow so fast. Congress couldn’t spend so much money, reward so many friends, punish so many enemies, and control so much of our lives.

DownsizeDC.org, a citizen’s lobbying group that promotes small government, has written the Write the Laws Act which requires that:

+ Congress write specific legislation with no details left to the bureaucrats.

+ All allegations of wrong-doing be tried in Judicial Branch courts, not by bureaucrats.

+ All punishments be rendered by judges, not bureaucrats.

+ Executive Branch agencies be limited to investigation and prosecution.

+ Citizens be held blameless against any government actions that violate these rules.

+ Previous legislation granting legislative and judicial power to bureaucrats be identified so it can be repealed.

I have told my congressmen that I support this law. You can, too, by contacting www.downsizeDC.org.




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