Today’s highly interesting read (01/08/20): Congressional hearings are for grandstanding, not learning

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Today’s read is by John Stossel. Here’s an excerpt:

Congressional hearings were created to educate lawmakers so they have knowledge before they pass bills or impeach a president.

Not today. Today, hardly any education happens.

I get that politicians are eager for “face time” in front of a larger audience, but I assumed they would at least try to learn things. Nope.

Stossel provides some rather interesting examples in his column.

 

4 thoughts on “Today’s highly interesting read (01/08/20): Congressional hearings are for grandstanding, not learning

  1. You may not remember the hearing on one of the sex offender bills before Sen. Lena Taylor’s committee. I was mid way down the testimony list and sat there listening to her pontificate at every person testifying, each time taking more time than the testimony. There were a bunch of shocked legislators and a bunch more happy visitors when I politely told Sen. Taylor that I have held and been part of hundreds of public hearings and until that day never heard the committee chair talk more than the people that she was supposed to be listening to. I don’t remember if she listened or not at that hearing but know she doesn’t do a lot of listening now.

    It’s a bad political practice to have politicians dominate public hearings….

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