Saturday, April 23, 2011

messing with the congressional record

why do we still let members of congress amend the congressional record? presumably the practice dates from when an actual transcript was hard to do. under those circumstances it would make sense to let senators and representatives check and correct the statements attributed to them, especially since they often speak from prepared remarks.

but these days accurate transcription is easy. allowing members of congress to "correct" the record no longer serves to make the record more accurate, it invites alteration for political reasons which makes the congressional record less accurate. it's time for this historical anachronism to go.