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Opening Arguments

Today's silly idea

Oh, come on, Rand. Don't you know what an utter waste of time this would be for the members of our rushed and overburdened ruling class?

After blasting the Senate last week for passing a 600-page bill no one had time to read, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced legislation that would force the Senate to give its members one day to read bills for every 20 pages they contain.

"For goodness sakes, this is a 600-page bill. I got it this morning," Paul said Friday, just before the Senate approved a massive bill extending highway funding, federal flood insurance and low student loans rates.

OBamacare has about 2,700 pages, which means senators would have needed 135 days, or nearly 20 weeks, just to read the stupid thing. And since the more pages legislation has the more loaded with minutia and bureaucratese it will have, reading it once probaably isn't going to be enough anyway.

And the requirement for knowing what they are voting on presupposes that that even matters. The actual legislative process of bill introduction and debate and voting is just the tip of the governing iceberg. If they wanted to really be honest, considering how out of control and beyond the Constitution Washington has become, every bill that comes out of there could be composed of very few words:

"As of (such and such a date), the federal government is assuming control of (health care or banking or the automobile industry or whatever). Details will emerge as the new regulations are published in the federal registry, and the IRS will inform you of your new duties and the penalties for noncompliance."