Now we are facing the looming threat of a "sweeping climate bill" that will hit all of us. Republican's are threatening to force the reading of the entire bill (all 946 pages) plus all the amendments which run another several hundred pages.
That's a lot of nonsense compressed into that package.
So the Democrats are going to hire a speed reader so they can fly through it and hope everyone misses all the bad stuff.
Why don't they just put the electronic copy into an electronic voice synthesizer, set the speed on "sounds like a mosquito"? They could finish listening to it in 3 minutes and spend the rest of the day on the golf course. Except for Teddy Kennedy. He could go get drunk and reminisce about drowning young women and getting away with it.
Seriously, it's not like anyone is going to hear something while the bill is being read and change their vote. The problem is not that people don't read the bills so much as it is that the bills are so insanely long that nobody could read them.
Forget term limits for the moment. How about a limit on the length of a bill?
The maximum number of words in English that shall be allowed for any bill is 25.
Let's see how that would work.
"You shall not commit murder. Murder is defined as the unjustified killing of another person."
That one is within the limit.
Let's try again.
"Taking any object or property from another person without their permission is forbidden."
That is within the limit, too.
Let's try one more.
"To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases, and for other purposes.
That looks much better than the original.
While I'm making rules for bills in congress let me add one more:
No bill that contains the phrase " . . . and for other purposes" will be allowed.