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Saturday, June 16, 2007

The President Wants Congress to Read the Bills

I wrote this Downsizer-Dispatch, and incorporates "Last Week in Congress." Excerpt:
Downsize DC's bill would require supporters of a bill to read it in its entirety before voting for it. But we don't believe opponents of a bill should have to waste their time reading the whole thing. Disagreeing with a bill's intent, or with just one provision, are sufficient reasons to oppose it.

The President, on the other hand, wants critics of the bill to read it first, as if criticizing a bill that would alter the course of the country is akin to criticizing a movie one hasn't even seen. On the other hand, according to the President, it seems the bill's supporters are actually better off if they don't read the entire bill. It is better for supporters to overlook the bill's unacceptable provisions, the provisions that might, as the President put it, “frighten people.” Again, it's as if the immigration bill is a movie. The Wizard of Oz frightens small children, but it's still a good movie. Likewise, some “little aspects” of the immigration bill may “frighten” friends of liberty and small government, but it's still a good bill.

Downsize DC disputes that logic.

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