June 22, 1935- Editorial - Omnibus, by George Lorimer

Nothing more aptly illustrates the way in which Executive authority is spreading under present conditions than the use which is being made of the so-called omnibus method of legislation. An omnibus bill, as the reader knows, is one covering or providing for many different objects. It is an extremely objectionable legislative device, because it confuses conscientious lawmakers and makes it difficult, if not impossible, to examine proposals with care, thus assuring a minimum amount of informed legislative scrutiny.

The "emergency" became the classic and conventional excuse for every kind and degree of governmental scrambled eggs. But, while this sort of thing went on in the spring and summer of 1933, it ought not to be tolerated now. The holding company, banking and social-security bills, are striking examples of omnibus legislation, but most , if not all, of their features bear no relation whatever to any emergency. No such excuse is available; they represent simon-pure examples of the growth of Executive dominance.

There is no crisis, no emergency which makes it necessary to for Congress to pass these omnibus bills, which are really 5 or 6 pieces of legislation rolled into one. There is no reason, except the socialistic aims of some New Dealers., why Congress should be obliged to swallow all these measures at once. If there is no longer any need of careful, conscientious consideration of legislation proposed to Congress by the Executive branch, then the forthright, honest thing to do is to amend the Constitution and abolish Congress altogether. (pg. 22)

Comments: Here we can see that the Social Security Act of 1935 was legislation that was not written by the elected members of Congress, but by the brain trust no doubt. More government by professors. This is not the constitutional way legislation is supposed to be written and passed into law, but Congress since this time rarely writes any of the legislation it passes. Most of the time they don't even read the legislation they vote on. Maybe Congress should be dissolved. It could save the country some money and the people could elect their king every four years.

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