Not that anyone reads my journal on a normal basis but I thought I should copy one of my recent posts here for all to see. ( Slightly edited to make more sense outside of the original article )
Useless bills that sneak by and what we can do.
Laws constantly get passed that where previously knocked down. How does this happen so often.. Piggybacking!
Republicans try to pass a bill on banning Hot Dogs.. It doesn't get enough votes to pass.
Few months later Democrats want to pass a bill on Energy, Republicans say, Sure we will vote on that but only if you let us tack on this harmless bit about banning Hot Dogs. Democrats see this as the only way to get there important bill passed and feel the banning of Hot Dogs is a minor issue so why not.
Next thing you know Hot Dogs are banned and no one ever noticed because compared to the Energy Laws the whole Hot Dog thing was just to small to notice!
We need to voice our opinion against unrelated laws being piggy-backed together to get things past the general public and congress.
It should not be possible to have 2 laws totally unrelated in the same action!!! Congress should not be able to attach a law banning you from eating hotdogs to a law funding the federal goverment.
Its biases, deceptive but in todays congress a very common practice..