After looking at a lot of the bills produced by the legislature, it looks like the citizens for the most part were on the loosing end. Money was an issue, as well as education and they did surprisingly well on these two issues. But there were a number of feel good bills that were passed into law, that in the end will cost taxpayers even more. The process this year came under the microscope. For some this was thought to be something new, Speed bills through. but research tells a different story. This year was just the year, the legislators got caught on two very important issues, HB116 and HB 477. Citizens are angry and they have every right to be. Instead of solving some pretty serious problems, legislators took it upon themselves to make the problems worse. As a citizen I am still angry over the process and how it was done and when the actors were caught, their reaction.
The last word on HB 477:
Contrary to a popular belief by some, HB477 was a travesty of justice, not because people were as interested in reading e-mails and text messages as legislators would have you believe, but HB477 was the beginning of the end for citizens to have access to all the records, past and current. The law passed, signed by the Governor and later done away with, was a smoke screen for the real reason, a frontal assault on the ability of Citizens to know. It was also the beginning of the empowerment of local government to follow the legislature and choke the life out of the ability of local citizens to have access.
A thought on the Legislature:
Can it be said, that Representative Lockhart is any different than Nancy Pelosi? Can it be said, that Senator Waddoups is any different than Harry Reid? All four participated in ramming forward legislation that had not been read by those who were going to be voting on it. It was almost the same in the Utah Legislature as in the Congress in Washington. “We need to approve it, so we can find out what is in it.”
The Utah Legislature has demonstrated they are no different than elected leaders on the National Level, except, the Republicans were the heroes in Health Care Legislation and here at home, it was the Democrats who voted no. Our State Legislature was disgustingly simple minded to believe, they were able to pull this off without a whimper from anyone. they were willing to vote for a bill they had neither read nor had an Idea what was in it and admitted to their acts of commission, and were more than willing to dismiss the publics right to know with the wave of a hand.
A wise man once wrote: “Unprincipled men and women of power, when caught, always believe that apologies for their corruption is sufficient.”
Now the State Legislature has been caught, how many times have the citizens heard the word “sorry”. From the Governor who complained about the bill, but signed it anyway and from members of the House and the Senate comes a symphony of “Sorry”. Some are defiant still, and they are not sorry at all. Their sorry comes because they have been caught.
Many God fearing people know there is a difference between Godly sorrow and Worldly sorrow. Godly sorrow says, I will never do it again and the reason for my sorrow is I made a mistake and recognize it and caught it myself and offer no excuse. Worldly sorrow says, “I am sorry, because you caught me. And since I have been caught, let me fill your ear with the excuses and I will be much wiser the next time, so I will not be caught so easily.”
Citizens can figure out which “sorry” we are hearing now.
For people of principle, standing for those principles that are espoused on other days of the week is just plain everyday living. To suggest that somehow, during the week you are one thing and then are elected to the Legislature you are allowed to become something else, is ludicrous. One can only hope, that come the next election, instead of looking at party, political experience and all the other measurements that come into play, the electorate will look for principle.
It has been said, that when there is a dearth of principle, by those we voted into office, we are likely to get what we deserve