There Oughtta Be a…New Congressman

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Proving that stupid ideas never die…

Congressmen Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today unveiled his “There Oughta Be a Law” initiative at a press conference in Bloomingdale. Roskam was joined by State Senator Dan Cronin, State Senator Kirk Dillard, State Senator Christine Radogno, State Senator Carol Pankau, State Representative Randy Ramey, State Representative Sandy Pihos, Bloomingdale Mayor Bob Iden and Erickson Elementary School Principal Dr. John Markgraf. Roskam released the following statement:

“As a new member of Congress, I have learned first-hand what most 6th District residents already know, Washington is broken. Partisan politics have hamstrung Congress’ ability to find solutions to the most pressing problems our nation faces.

“The constituents I represent are reasonable folks with sound ideas – and it’s time to send a little more 6th District solutions to Washington.

“Therefore, I am proud to give my constituents the unique opportunity to have their legislative idea introduced in Congress. The very best way to restore faith in our nation’s government is to empower individuals. This is the ultimate definition of representative government.

“Working together, we will send more common sense to Washington and Springfield.”

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16 Responses to “There Oughtta Be a…New Congressman”

  1. #1 |  z | 

    Here’s a thought for submision: there outta be a law that “People in these united states have a right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures”.

  2. #2 |  Kip | 

    This sounds very similar to the legislation Mike Gravel has basically spent his entire life trying to pass.

    From Wikipedia:

    “Gravel led an effort to get a United States Constitutional amendment to allow voter-initiated federal legislation similar to state ballot initiatives. He argued that Americans are able to legislate responsibly, and that the Act and Amendment in the National Initiative would allow American citizens to become “law makers”.

  3. #3 |  QC | 

    The worst part of the whole idea is that it presumes the only beneficial thing congress can do is add another law. A nice counterpoint would be for a libertarian leaning congressperson to have citizens nominate the “most pointless law” or something to that effect, and then submit a bill repealing it. If we can’t get rid of one bad law every year, then there is little hope for smaller government.

  4. #4 |  Matt Moore | 

    I’d support national ballot initiatives… if the only purpose of them was to revoke existing laws.

    There was a brief mention in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress of a potential legislative structure where one house made laws and the other just repealed them. I always thought that was a fascinating idea.

  5. #5 |  Matt Moore | 

    QC – Great minds and all that.

  6. #6 |  Burdell | 

    Apparently, the good Congressman has never read the last chapter of “Parliament of Whores.”

  7. #7 |  Tokin42 | 


    or have an annual ballot initiative to revoke any law of the peoples choice. Problem is, too many dumb people vote.

  8. #8 |  Tokin42 | 

    oh, you said that didn’t you. maybe I should read the ENTIRE post before I reply next time……..or next time

    “I’ll get a good idea and THEN get high as a reward!” — Towlie

  9. #9 |  Chance | 

    I don’t think this is necessarily a stupid idea, but then again, I’m not a libertarian.

  10. #10 |  Erik | 

    Some stupid ideas do die, but there never seems to be a shortage of the stupid people who propose them.

  11. #11 |  Danno49 | 

    What part of the word ‘republic’ don’t these nimrods understand?

  12. #12 |  Matt Moore | 

    Chance – Not being a libertarian is also a stupid idea.

  13. #13 |  colson | 

    Listening to politicians talk is like watching children fight – each hitting each other repetitively – never realizing that they can stop at any time. Except, if there isn’t an opponent, they begin beating themselves repeatedly and people will erect monuments to their stupidity.

  14. #14 |  adam | 

    I have some suggestions.

    1. Legalize drugs.

    2. Cap inflation at 2 percent. (I hear the New $5’s are 2 ply.)

    3. End the war.

    4. Congress only gets paid in years that the nation debt shrinks.

    5. Members of Congress and their families are barred, for life, from any lobbying activity.

  15. #15 |  Egon | 

    Last year, California State Senator Tom Harman proposed the same type of deal, although it was an essay contest for high schoolers. I immediately emailed him and proposed that he have a contest called “There Ought Not be a Law.”

  16. #16 |  Burrow Owl | 

    How about a constitutional amendment:

    * All federal laws, including those currently in effect, shall expire after a period of not more than 2 years.

    * Re-instatement of any law after the 2 year ‘sunset’ period shall require not only a majority vote on the law in its entirety, but

    * separate votes shall be required for each individual provision stated within each law.

    *Violation of this amendment by any government official, elected or appointed, shall be punishable by not less than 20 years imprisonment and hard labor.