Constitutional amendment to end manipulation and secrecy of legislative process
It seems as if every piece of legislation passed by Congress is a ridiculously long document littered with earmarks and vague provisions amending prior laws. For example, omnibus spending bills are prime targets for lobbyists, such as Jack Abramoff, who recently revealed how easy it was to sneak language into these bills which went unnoticed by legislative staffers and gave preferential treatment to his Native American tribal clients. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 is another example of unnecessarily consolidated legislation which contained two (arguably unconstitutional) indefinite detention provisions amidst thousands of pages of defense spending authorizations. Many Representatives who disagreed with the legality of the indefinite detention provisions were still strongarmed into voting for the NDAA to avoid being accused of not "supporting our troops."
This makes absolutely no sense and is detrimental to our democracy. Our representatives should be required to openly debate the merits of each and every issue of law they vote on. As such, I recommend a constitutional amendment providing that each individual piece of legislation must state its intended purpose and effect and any section not substantially related to this stated purpose shall be subject to serverance and subsequent vote. This must be accomplished by Constitional amendment because Congresspersons will not voluntarily dismantle the system of earmarks that has helped them earn reelection. Furthermore, they will not want their voting records scrutinized more than they already are by voting on individual spending authorizations and controversial civil liberties issues out in the open, as opposed to buried in convoluted legislation that no one is even paying attention to. I welcome your comments. Thank you.