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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Speed Reading the so-called "Climate Bill"? Why bother?

I think every congressman and senator should read and understand every part of every bill before voting on it. You can't enforce a rule like that, but I like the principle.

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.

946 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.


Wyn Boniface said...

I like the word limit idea, but perhaps 100 words would be better . . .

Here by proclaim the end of the National Firearms Act of 1934 along with corresponding legislation attached to said National Firearms Act of 1934, and that all people to be eligible to vote and be counted as a citizen must own one rifle, shotgun, and handgun along with a corresponding amount of ammunition to be set at a minimum of 5,000 rounds per firearm.

See the 25 word limit could hurt us!

Bitmap said...

If we could agree on the fact there needs to be a limit and start arguing over what the limit is, I'll consider that a victory.


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