You may agree with the oil pipeline. You may disagree with the oil pipeline. However I’m sure that many of the people following this blog and people whose blogs I follow will agree that tying two unrelated pieces of legislation together is a highly authoritarian move.
Both the Democrats and the Republicans have done just that. Not just in one instance but over and over again creating massive pieces of legislation like the health care act, tarp, and many others.
If we are to see an end to this, the first step would be to convince congress to pass rules that would prevent this, and then in order to force congress to uphold those rules, since it wouldn’t be the first time they ignored their own rules, we would need to have a constitutional amendment passed preventing it.