Think, think!

Apologies for being so derivative. Still looking for my own voice here.

4 responses to “Think, think!

  1. Congratulations on the launch.
    Many thanks.
    Bon Chance!
    What about the upcoming Irish vote on the EC treaty/constitution. Last I saw, damn thing is 1000 pages. The US Constiuttion is less than 20 pages of a small paperback book, and that’s with all the amendments.
    I just checked: page 24 to page 42 and that’s it. Ours is by no means perfect; but it works pretty well. Why in the name of God does anyone need a 1000-page Constitution, or a 1000-page health bill, for that matter.Who is responsible that page 869 doesn’t contradict page 3? Ireland is, I believe, the only member of the EC in which a popular vote is required on stuff like this. Last year the Irish, God bless them, turned it down. This years vote is early October. I confidently hope they turn it down again.


  2. Hi! I don’t know why the Irish or anyone else for that matter do anything they do. The world increasingly has become a most baffling place. You can ask Gene Gilmartin or Susie – they spend the better part of most summers in Sligo. Where Gene studies WB Yeats. And 1000 page bills? Seems every damn bill is htat big – I guess it takes that much room to get all the lobbyists requirements and the earmarks to fit in.


    • Where in Sligo?

      Speaking of 100o page bills, here’s an idea floating around up here. GAO has some very smart folks. Let’s assign GAO a truly useful job: For every bill of over say five pages, before any vote, GAO shall construct a multiple choice test of 2 x p questions, where p is the bill page count. So a 50-page bill has 100 multiple choice questions. GAO will administer the test to each lawmaker eligible to vote, grade, and furnish resulting grades to the presiding officer of the appropriate congressional house who shall permit only those with grades over say 90 out of 100 to vote. So a 1000 page bill would have 2000 multiple choice questions. It would be a closed book test with no take-homes. You pass, you vote; you don’t, you don’t.
      What do we think?


  3. ‘We’ think our revered congress critters will prove to be unequal to the task. And I think we need to move right on to a benevolent dictatorship.
    Honestly though Jim, I do get very very sad at the way we conduct our national business. At this point, no matter how they want to spin it, with few exceptions, all of them are practically owned by one industry or another. I think two things have led us there. First – the Supreme Court, right after Lincoln died, gave corporations the status of persons. That wasn’t good and they’ve only reinforced it since – like calling money ‘speech’. Second – our failure to deal with the absurdity of elected officials spending their entire term raising funds for the next election. We need public financing and some sort of limits – like in UK where campaigns are confined by law to a fixed period of time. Right now, at least at the national level, they’re all running, all the time. It serves us poorly. (hmmmm – I may post this to the front page!)


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