There is a lot of talk going around these days - on both sides of the aisle - about House Speaker Paul Ryan and the "process" by which the repeal and replacement of Obamacare is being executed. And the one thing that is abundantly clear is this: either the mainstream media and the American people are completely uneducated on the processes of government, or we, as a people, are completely disingenuous.
Now, I have my issues with Speaker Ryan, although they may not be as intense as some. Then, I have issues with almost all of the politicians in the United States today. We no longer have Statesmen stewarding a country, we have political opportunists who pay lip service to the people while engaging in a battle for power for their political factions.
That said, when a politician actually does what he/she promises we have to be honest enough to point it out. This is the case with Paul Ryan. He promised legislation would be executed through "regular order" and he is making sure this is happening.
Simply put, "regular order" means that both the House and the Senate abide by their standing rules. House members are allowed the broadest leeway to offer amendments to legislation, both chambers complete their budgets on time, federal programs not authorized by an authorizing committee are not funded by appropriations bills, and the House and Senate convene in formal conferences to reconcile legislation, among other things.
Over the many years of Democrat rule in Congress we have gotten used to behemoth "omnibus" bills and "comprehensive" legislations. This has allowed for an intense amount of skulduggery and special interest appropriation (read: pork). It has also facilitated a deviation from "regular order."
So, today, we have old guard Republicans (I won't even get into the Democrats and Progressives they are so far gone) and some opportunists complaining about the process by which the American Health Care Act is being stewarded through the process. We even have Senators complaining about the House process as if they are being cheated out of having a voice in crafting the legislation. This is not only inaccurate, it should be embarrassing to each and every Republican who is complaining because it proves they don't have an adequate grasp of what "regular order" actually is.
So, the publics' illiteracy of the governmental process is now damaging to the country, the rule of law and to our government, serving only the disingenuous and the opportunistic.
Still think we shouldn't teach US history and government and civics in our schools?