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Friday, November 02, 2012

For The Record, And Other Purposes

Ran into some random person on FB who said, "Laws should be limited to one page. And each issue only be able to be voted on once every 4 years."

It's weird that the Framers didn't think of something like that.

Anyway, yes, I went to the record, and found that the second act ever passed by Congress was approved on July 4, 1789, and repealed the following August.  And in September, they passed an act that was 10 whole pages--so long and diverse that they had to add "and for other purposes" to the title (a first).

Perhaps they knew that some complex stuff required a few extra words to make it all right, and sometimes you have to revisit it.  Beware of anybody with simplistic answers to what ails us...

ntodd

November 2, 2012 in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink

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