- Obamacare as it currently stands. I’d force everybody in Congress (and each of their staffers) who voted for this mess to read it from start to finish. But then again, I’m feeling pretty torturous today…
- Firearms laws don’t prevent homicides, according to a recent study. They may have a marginal effect on suicides, however.
- With the NYC some-sugary-drinks ban overturned, this fellow’s probably out kicking his cat right now.
- At least nanny-state lefties can rejoice about calorie count labels.
- Whenever somebody complains about “capitalism” or free markets (as opposed to corporatism, which is not nearly the same), ask the alternative. 25% of Chinese billionaires are in their legislature. Compare that to the US, where most congressmen only become rich after many years in Congress…
2 thoughts on “Bureaucratic Overlords Today”
Herman Cain got made fun of for insisting all bills be three pages long (since the Constitution is longer), but I still think a reasonable limit (20 pages? I’m not a lawyer, but that seems good to me), if imposed, would do everybody a world of good.
Remember that Obamacare wasn’t nearly that long to begin with; this includes all of the executive “explanations” and implementation details that Congress completely ignored. This kind of thing would destroy any hard limit to the length of a bill.
My preferred solution is to quiz Congressmen on bills before they vote. If they get a certain percentage of questions wrong, their vote does not count. Like any good test-taking institution, they would not be allowed to have any materials nearby and any cheating would automatically disqualify them. I would want to combine this with an attitude which does not foist off Congress’s responsibility to the Executive branch; this would strengthen the cause of easy-to-understand, non-garbage legislation.