Most people seem to have an adverse opinion of congress. I personally feel that there is probably a valid reason for this. This site is my attempt to try and figure out what is going on. I have worse then a bad opinion, our spiral downward to me indicates that system our forefathers intended of the branches working as a check and balance has worked. I want to know why. The forefathers incorporated enough flexibility in the system for us to alter it to meet their intent. As I explore further I will learn things that could change my mind. This is where I am going to list my observations as I go. If something strikes me as odd or wrong then this is where I will comment on it. If anyone sends me a letter letting me know why something is the way it is, then I will put their explanation in here next to my observation. Currently one of the things bothering me is pork. I checked the description of the paths that our bills follow in hopes of finding a step that says insert pork here. (it wasn't there)Pork bothers me so much for two reasons. 1. Everyone has complained about it since I was little and no politician seems to have examined process to alter the system to prevent pork from getting in. 2. If the government is incapable of spending its money efficiently then it shouldn't have the right to take more taxes from the people until it can efficiently spend money. While taking on this endeavor, I have noticed several things. So far I have been through the first eight to ten bills. Many of the bills seem too large to me and the number of bills seems impossible for the body involved to handle. I also want to know what Nancy Pelosi is doing. She has several bills that are non existent when you look into them. I can only see one of three reasons for this. This does not mean that there isn't a reason I can't see. Here are the reasons. 1. She wants to be able to go to her constituents and say look how many bills I introduced 2. She is doing something shady and doesn't want it publicized 3. She is too lazy or busy to post her bills I also the document that the link [how congress works] will take you to. This document has generated a great deal of questions and observations for me. Below is the part of the document that explains delivery process to the White House. I feel the clerk in the White House responsible for acceptance should be appointed and publish what he or she receives. It should be published both online and in hard copy to any voter who wishes. In actual practice, the Clerk, or the Secretary of the Senate when the bill originated in that body, delivers the original enrolled bill to a clerk at the White House and obtains a receipt. The fact of the delivery is then reported to the House by the Clerk. Delivery to a White House clerk has customarily been regarded as presentation to the President and as commencing the 10-day constitutional period for presidential action. I also feel ten days is just not enough time to assess some of the bills that the President receives so this is unfair. If I deliver something the size of War and Peace then the President is screwed. Also the process of using conferees is confusing but at first glance it appears that it allows bills to be altered and sent out with items not voted on by the entire house and Senate. To me this means I can sneak stuff in without everyone seeing it. That seems dangerous to me. I found the following phrase several times (will tend to charge an individual with a crime or misconduct) as justification for secret meetings. If someone is a scumbag then I don't think meeting in secret to protect him or her is a good idea. If the individual is a scumbag, expose and charge him or her. Congress is taking verbal votes and the person in charge is determining the result by volume. With modern technology this an archaic way of handling things and shouldn't be done anymore. Side note: What the is a quorum? I also found this. All meetings for the transaction of business of standing committees or subcommittees, except the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, must be open to the public, except when the committee or subcommittee, in open session with a majority present, determines by record vote that all or part of the remainder of the meeting on that day shall be closed to the public. What is so special about Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and why are they given permission to be secret. Does the President have to read and sign off on all the stupid bills that want to name rest areas and stuff? Finally based on what I read, I think the Speaker has too many responsibilities and too much power.