This video of Illinois State Representative Mike Bost is going viral. Bost is complaining about a problem that is also growing in Congress of members not reading bills from the Patriot Act to the Health Care law. Bost is complaining about being given 15 minutes to read a 200 page pension reform bill. However, he seems to come unglued while making an important point. Nevertheless, Bost appears happy with the result: he posted the video on his website.
While his delivery could be improved, Bost has a point about the reduction of legislative bodies in the United States to choreographed performances. The Republicans did it with the Patriot Act and the Democrats did it with the Health Care law. Members are expected to vote like robots in support of their party.
I love the rather nonchalant if not bored images of his colleagues on either side of him even as he is throwing around papers.
Here is his brief bio:
Full-time state legislator and business owner; born Dec. 30, 1960, in Murphysboro; graduated, Murphysboro High School; attended University of Illinois Certified Firefighter II Academy; served in U.S. Marine Corps (1979-82); married (wife, Tracy), has three children.