I don’t remember the exact figure, but the President’s proposed plan for improving our economy and changing our unemployment situation is a huge volume of words. It seems the government always says things in the most complicated, roundabout, rambling, detailed, and tedious way possible. I suppose the hope is either that we will all be impressed by their verbosity or that they can conceal their true intentions within a mountain of words. I’ve taken the time in the past to examine the contents of a few bills that contain very important necessary changes with assorted “pet projects” attached or buried within the contents. Like….”we’re going to improve highway 36, blah, blah, blah, and by the way we’re also spending $2,000,000 on my brother’s study of the corn beetle.” Yes, I made that up, but the real ones are even more bizarre. Studies, highways, bridges, offices, swimming pools, airplanes, and who knows what else are added to bills written as long-winded tomes that are apparently never read from beginning to end. Honestly, who has time to read 100+ pages on anything! And why does it take 100+ pages to explain something? Oh, I know…details for every contingency imaginable, clarification for every possible objection. In the meantime we could save a dozen trees and pay the salaries of half a dozen people with the printing costs of the proposal! And since the President’s plan has been rejected, does that mean it is headed for the landfill?
There are so many things I don’t understand.
I’m just a country woman with the notion that if the people in Washington didn’t owe so many people so much money and so many favors they might be able to take a look at what our country needs and decide on a plan that could be explained in less than 100 pages. After all, the authors of the Constitution only needed six.