BRAIN ON? CHECK. COMMON SENSE IDEAS? CHECK.

The Sunlight Foundation is advancing a simple idea that could already be making a huge difference for America.  It’s called Read the Bill.  They’ve got the absolutely radical idea that members of Congress and the public should have time to read bills in Congress before they are debated.  In other words, that a bill will sit — out there — for public comment for three days before Congress takes it up.  This is what “all deliberate speed” really means.  Think what it could have meant for the Obama fiscal stimulus bill, for the Bush-Paulson bank bailout, for so many aspects of the war in Iraq . . . but looking back is the easy part.  Looking forward is what Read the Bill is about. -NH

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