How to Make Massive Legislation

G. Donald Allen
In the past several years, we have witnessed massive legislative bills passed in Congress.  Some are more than 2,000 printed pages.  What are the consequences?  What does this mean? We begin with some salient observations.  It is most possible that the subject and content of the bill cannot be expressed in fewer pages.  If that's what it takes, then that's what it takes. It is probable that most congressmen cannot read the bill for content.  Could you read such a bill?  Two thousand pages?  Every bit of it is technical detail.  This means each page must be read slowly and evaluated.  Even at one page per hour, ridiculously fast, the reading would take one work-year.  Which congressman has this kind of time?  Moreover, different people reading the same page will possibly score different evaluations. What congressman commands this level of...(Read Full Post)

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