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Shooting Down a “Lame Duck Congress” with Reform Legislation
By Scott Rohter, January 2011

“This isn’t a lame duck congress, it’s more like a crazy duck on steroids.”
– Scott Rohter

Everything that the “Lame Duck Congress” did after the 2010 midterm elections was done without a mandate, or even the consent of the American people! And they were not insignificant little things that they did either. They repealed “Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell,” our nation’s military policy that has served us well over the years. They also passed a significant weapons treaty with Russia, that would drastically slash our nuclear deterrent!

After the new Congress is seated in January, and the new members are sworn in, the first order of business should be to revisit all of those significant bills that were voted on by the “Lame Duck Congress” and to bring them up for a vote again by the new members of Congress which does have a mandate to conduct the people’s business! Let’s see if those bills pass or fail, the same as before, but if there is a difference in the outcome of the vote, then let the latest vote stand and override any prior vote taken by the “Lame Duck Congress.” The Democrats should have known better than to try to accomplish all that they did after they were rejected at the polls. That was not the most productive “Lame Duck Congress” ever, as some in the “Lame Stream Media” suggested. It was actually the most repugnant and disrespectful “Lame Duck Congress” in our nation’s history! They should all be ashamed of themselves! I’m sure that they won’t be, so let’s do one more thing, to make sure that this never happens again.

Let’s pass some sort of legislation, or at least new House and Senate rules, to wit that in any “Lame Duck” session of Congress, no bills other than routine housekeeping bills, that are just meant to keep the government going until the next session of Congress takes their seats, shall be brought up for a vote between November 2 and the day after the new Congress is seated. That will ensure that any significant legislation at least has the theoretical mandate of the people.

"The truth, the political truth, and nothing but the political truth.
A journalist has no better friend than the truth."
- Scott Rohter

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