Politics and convenience... Archived Message
Posted by SurfTheBoneyard on April 4, 2021, 10:27:55, in reply to "I have a complicated/simple political question re: the construction of bills that I can't figure out"
Need to mash things together to get votes. That way the person voting for it can go home and say "I got this..." whereas if you just break out for example "a train to Hawaii" they would get killed politically. Say for example the administration needs something passed and are having trouble getting votes. Bury it in with a bunch of more palatable stuff, and get the votes that way. That way the reps can say they weren't wild about voting for X, but they did it to get Y and Z.|
Also more practically it's a lot less votes they have to take.
So, I guess to get to the basis of it, the essential question is: Why are bills so complicated and complex?
This current infrastructure bill is a good example, and I'm going to REALLY oversimplify here, but why are the environmental portions of the bill in there? (I know the complicated current political structure answer...) Why have we gotten to the point where we have five political issues seemingly mashed up in to singular bills, as opposed to, say, more bills that are straightforward, i.e. here's a bill for 1 billion to fix bridges, here's another bill for 1 billion for electric car production, here's another bill for 1 billion for amtrak, etc.
Again, I'm not completely ignorant to the answer here, but I'm trying to get a better grasp.
I'll hang up and listen.
- I have a complicated/simple political question re: the construction of bills that I can't figure out - PDO April 4, 2021, 10:23:14
- Also, because they’re doing it through reconciliation, don’t think they can do multiple bills. - Carl Spackler April 4, 2021, 11:18:45
- Politics and convenience... - SurfTheBoneyard April 4, 2021, 10:27:55
- I’d argue that the environmental issues are pretty much bound up in infrastructure decisions - ATL April 4, 2021, 10:27:06
- Yes, this - AintHatin April 4, 2021, 11:20:55