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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-10 09:47 AM
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41. At this point we need a whole new terrorism bill
The American people, by and large, support the PATRIOT Act. And by and large they do so because it was specifically designed to be unreadable--most of it works by amending individual lines in a thousand other laws. So instead of "the Architect of the Capitol is directed to install a bastinado platform on the White House lawn" you get "amend paragraph 18 of subsection 6 of chapter 19 of the Defense Authorization Act of 2005 to add the phrase 'one full bunk (44 pieces) 2x12 Southern yellow pine dimensional lumber in 8 foot length, treated with Alkaline Copper Quaternary preservative to "ground contact" rating, and five pounds of 16d hot galvanized common nails, to be delivered to the Freight Receiving Department at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20500." They can't read it so they have to take their leaders' word that it's a good bill. Those of us who have read it and know what's in there? We know it's an evil bill, but when the president says it's good and some unknown person says it's bad, who are you going to trust? (Before you answer that, remember: he claimed in his campaign he was the right man to be president because he knew what it was like to run a business and meet a payroll even though he ran three oil companies into the ground and traded Sammy Sosa.)

We NEED a healthcare bill, a jobs bill, an economic stimulus bill and a terrorism bill. We have a terrorism bill that's bad but it can't possibly get worse if they don't amend it, so let's do this: extend the dangerous terror bill a year and get the other three bills enacted before we throw the terrorism bathwater out (at this point with that law I'd consider throwing the baby out too because it keeps me up all night shooting craps and smoking cigars) and start fresh.
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