The Ohio Constitution has the following mandate for the legislature: “No bill shall contain more than one subject, which shall be clearly expressed in its title.” Unfortunately, such wording is not found in the Constitution of the United States.
To gain support for everyday issues or, simply, to take advantage of crisis issues ala Rahm Emanuel’s mantra that “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” the U.S. Congress uses unrelated earmarks and pork-barrel amendments.
As soon as Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned that five Republican senators had self-quarantined themselves, she led a House Democratic effort to concoct a cauldron of liberal, frivolous, non-germane expenditures and provisos to be included in the Senate bill.
The protracted legislative fiasco that delayed passage of the Senate bill was orchestrated by Pelosi and supported by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Their political posturing was despicable, at best, especially with Pelosi later implying credit for the legislation. Both Pelosi and Schumer should have been excoriated by the mainstream media, who are muted by their sycophantic adulation of Democrats.
Yes, certain safeguards to ensure accountability for business loans should be included in the legislation, with due consideration for unemployment, emergency, and hospital needs, but quixotic monies for windmills? Please!