It’s amazing to me that we continue to let Congress go down this path of rushed legislation. “We must do this now!” “We have to sign it before Christmas!” They’ve used the same pattern for every piece of rushed legislation this year since the initial TARP programs last year. TARPS I and II. Stimulus. Overextended budget. Cap and trade (though not signed yet). Health care. “We can’t afford to stop and think about this. We must act now!”
It’s the same argument global warming believers use with the planet. “It will only happen gradually for the 50 – 100 years, but if we wait 5 more minutes it will be too late.”
In a former job we had a lot of “fire drills.” The bosses would come with these important pieces of work that had to be done now! They would get us all frothed up so that we were cranking out absolute crud until 2:00 am. I coined a term for those projects: JALJA (Jumping Around Like Jackasses). “Here comes another JALJA,” became common lingo in my group. Most of us eventually wised up and realized the JALJA’s weren’t important and moved onto to work for bosses who could use their resources effectively. The JALJA leaders couldn’t figure out what was important and what wasn’t, so everything was, even when it wasn’t. They didn’t know what they were doing, so they did a lot of it to keep people guessing.
The Congressional pace over the past year reminds me a lot of those good ole JALJA’s. People seem to be wising up, based on Obama’s declining poll numbers. I hope it will translate into results at the 2010 Congressional elections to restore a balance of power in Congress.
At the very minimum, maybe we will get back to the days where Congressman and Senators would at least read, if not come to fully understand the stuff they’re voting on. It seems like such a basic expectation.