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Schoolhouse Rock: How a Bill Becomes a Law, By Louise M. Slaughter

posted at 6:40 pm on March 18, 2010 by

Boy: Whoa! You sure gotta climb a lot of steps to get to this Capitol Building here in Washington…

But I wonder who that sad little scrap of paper is?

I’m just a bill.
Yes, I’m only a bill.
And I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill.

Well, it’s a long twisted story
with lots of crime and not much glory.
Secret deals and billions in pork
Hey, there’s Ben Nelson, in whom you can stick a fork!

But I know I’ll be a law someday
At least I hope and pray that I will,
But today I am still just a bill.

Boy: Gee, Bill, you certainly have a lot of patience and courage.

Bill: You ain’t kidding, Einstein. The idea for me got started about 80 years ago when FDR had the crackpot idea that you could grant “rights” by stealing people’s labor. Never mind the idea ain’t even constitutional. That didn’t stop the Democrats…

Constituents h’been flyin’, bussin’, railroadin’, callin’, emailin’, telling their damn Congress-critters to stop with the crazy Socialist crap.

So what’s their Congressman do? Lock their doors and shut off their phone systems, that’s what!

But lately, I been gettin’ closer than ever. Y’see, the Senate passed me by a single vote, which got Scott Brown elected Senator from Massachusetts!

Well, that freaked out the Marxists in the House that realized they’d never get another health care takeover through the Senate.

And because I’m so dang unpopular, Democrats have to figure out how to pass me without actually voting! Pretty cool, huh?

I’m just a bill
Yes I’m only a bill,
And I got as far as Capitol Hill.
Now I’m in the Rules committee
Where the head-mistress is pretty sh***y

And they’re threatening and bribing
Thieving and conniving,
Just trying to get me to float
Without even havin’ a vote!

Boy: Listen to those congressmen arguing! Is all that discussion and debate about you?

Bill: Sort of. They’re trying to pay off as many people as they can with special deals, kickbacks, earmarks, guaranteed jobs if they get kicked out of Congress in November, you name it! And all so they don’t have to vote on the real bill!

Boy: But that’s not what we studied in Civics class! A bill’s supposed to be passed, identically, through both chambers of Congress! That’s in the Constitution!

Bill: Don’t be a chucklehead. The Democrats destroyed the Constitution decades ago.

Now get lost. You bother me. And don’t come back until you’ve got some money to grease the wheels of the legislature. Dummy.

Cross-posted at: Doug Ross @ Journal.

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Excellent!!!

AH_C on March 18, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Make your kids read this.

Disturb the Universe on March 18, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Ruthless. I love it.

John the Libertarian on March 18, 2010 at 8:03 PM

That Bill is way too skinny.

Pablo on March 18, 2010 at 9:40 PM

I can still hear the tune…

Buckeye Babe on March 18, 2010 at 10:42 PM

No need to continue Lie n to the Kids…

nothing but propaganda……. goebbels would be proud

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEJL2Uuv-oQ

donabernathy on March 18, 2010 at 11:06 PM

I’m glad you did this! I was thinking of doing my own Schoolhouse Rock version but you did a far better job! Excellent work!

Sarjex on March 19, 2010 at 12:03 AM

Excellent! The video’s on Youtube for anyone wanting to see it, as well as the other Schoolhouse Rock videos. I was watching them the other day.

ReformedLiberalHippy on March 19, 2010 at 1:37 AM

Excellent! I was singing the song as I read through the post.

conservative pilgrim on March 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Don’t be a chucklehead. The Democrats destroyed the Constitution decades ago.

It’s funny because it’s true.

TABoLK on March 19, 2010 at 10:53 AM

A sad sad day for America.

Why do they want to destroy the best most free government in the world?

What is wrong with these people.

We need a RESTORATIONIST party.

I am now a Restorationist Republican.

RESTORE OUR CONSTITUTION NOW!

Nothing else matters. Nothing! Once the Constitution is gone everything else is only a matter of time.

petunia on March 19, 2010 at 10:54 AM

depressing
/not funny

urbancenturion on March 19, 2010 at 1:43 PM


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