We can learn from Lilliputians – Daniel Hannan

October 6, 2011 08:29

MEP Hannan reminds us that the Lilliputians had a rule that no law should be so long or complicated that a common man can’t understand it. Hannan notes that the European Parliament votes daily on so many complicated bills that no person could possibly be on top of more than two or three of the documents they vote on. “What does it tell you about a political system when it dare not express its purposes. How can it expect loyalty from its citizens when it won’t express itself clearly?”

Look at the stimulus bill, the Obamacare bill, the Dodd-Frankenstein bill and so much else that comes from a political class that wants to shroud its theft of taxpayer monies and thirst for power in indecipherable “must pass now” legislation that is filled with thousands of pages of legalese, subjective language, lose interpretations, payoffs to contributors and even blanks to be filled later.

Even the leader of the then Democrat controlled house infamously said “We have to pass the bill so we can find out what is in it.” as justification for passing the job killing healthcare destroying monstrosity known as Obamacare. We should adopt the Lilliputians rule.

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