Since I follow education legislation, you would think that I would get used to the strange machinations of the legislative process. But even though I often see the “sausage,” being made (referring to Bismarck’s quote about how people shouldn’t watch how laws or sausages are made), sometimes I remain thoroughly baffled by the process.
Many times I see a bill proposed that seems illogical. I almost can’t believe someone thought of it. Did anyone talk to the parties that will be most affected by the bill to determine whether it would cause unintended consequences?
Sometimes bills seem to take on a life of their own and move through the process despite apparent problems. A bill is introduced during a busy time, the intentions behind it seem good, a few key legislative leaders support it, and suddenly the bill sails through the legislature without any serious discussion.
Sometimes I think that I would have a much stronger faith in democracy if I did not have the opportunity to observe it so closely.