Climbing out of the hole

Dave Schuler comes up with his idea of Seven Things That Should Be Done to improve the state of the economy, of which this is the fifth:

Conclude some of the free trade deals we’ve already negotiated.

While we’re at it maybe nudge them in the direction of real, honest free trade rather than the pretend free trade agreements we usually end up with. You can write a free trade agreement on the back of a business card. When the agreement runs to hundreds or thousands of pages you can be pretty sure it isn’t about free trade.

Nope. It’s going to be about people trying to game the system. Now admittedly, so long as you have a system, there will be people trying to game it. But geez, guys, the whole US Constitution is less than five thousand words. You don’t need a thousand pages to regulate bananas, and if you do, you’re either incompetent and/or dishonest. Period.


  1. Keeping Laws Short « Blog de KingShamus »

    8 June 2011 · 10:43 am

    […] Hill, responding to a Dave Schuler piece, notes the inherently slippery nature of over-long legislation. You can write a free trade agreement on […]

  2. Dwayne "the canoe guy" »

    8 June 2011 · 4:22 pm

    How about these:

    1) A cap on laws. If you want to pass a new law, pick something that will be removed.
    2) Congress should never get a cost of living raise. It’s their job to keep the cost of living down.
    3) If you pass a law, you are required to submit a study on how that law will impact the economy. If, once the law is enacted, you are wrong then you are fired from Congress and lose all pensions and benefits associated with same. Also, we get to shave your head and paint you blue.
    4) During a filibuster, everyone listening is required to stand… on one foot. When your other foot touches anything else, it will be cut off. people with only one foot to start with and fall over will be shot.

  3. CGHill »

    8 June 2011 · 5:34 pm

    There’s always McGehee’s classic rework of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law.”

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