The debate over the Federal Debt Ceiling has included many calls to stand on principle. This is mostly in regard to standing by the principles of reduced spending, reduced borrowing, and no net tax increases. But with the last minute timing and supposed urgency surrounding the Federal Debt Ceiling, there is another principal that applies now more than ever: Read the Bill.
Many candidates for Congress recently ran on a campaign promise to read the contents of bills before voting on them. Now is the time to apply that principle! We need to emphasize this message to Congress: do not vote yes on any bill that you have not fully read and understood. One of the goals of a contrived emergency vote is to prevent people from knowing what is actually in the bill. Who knows what will be hidden in the fine print. Special privileges and pay-outs to cronies? Hidden spending and new taxes?
We can not forget the infamous words of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it”. No, Nancy, we do not have to pass the bill to find out what is in it. No matter how much Obama and the Democrat leadership attempt to manufacture an urgent and dire emergency, there is a basic principle that can not be forgotten, and can not be sacrificed: Read the Bill first!
Remember Nancy and her infamous quote: