Friday, September 11, 2009

Question Time

Neither the mainstream press nor the Left were very big on South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson calling the President a liar in the middle of his propaganda speech to Congress this week, but I make a radical proposal in today's Examiner column-that our government executives should be made to answer direct questions from the legislature during a legislative session:

Why shouldn't Tennessee be the first State to hold our Governors up to such public legislative scrutiny? It could be easily made part of the legislative schedule, such as having the Governor appear for questioning in the well of the House immediately following the regular business of both Houses on Monday evenings, which is typically a time of short sessions anyway (of course, the General Assembly may choose a different day and time). In our system the General Assembly can meet in joint convention for Question Time, and the Lieutenant Governor can preside as he (or she) usually does at any other joint convention.

Rather than give the executive branch carte blanche to merely tell us what they want us to believe, make them prove their policies are worthy before the Legislature itself.

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At Friday, September 11, 2009 2:10:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

I like this idea. However, it in NO way excuses Joe Wilson's public caddish bufoonery.
You're moving the goalposts to spin Joe Wilson's public caddish bufoonery.
Change the rules first, then act like a clown. DO NOT act like a clown and expect the rules to change to make it OK.
Besides section 246 of H.R.3200 already makes Joe WIlson the liar in this case.



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