Sunday, December 01, 2013

Congress enacting fewer laws

Congress has enacted only 52 laws by the end of this Nov. This is the lowest number since at least 1947 when such data collection was started.  Congressional polarization and wrangling are blamed for this lack of "productivity."  Depending upon your personal approach, this is either a good or bad thing.  If you long for the creation of a federal nanny state this is a bad idea.  If you are skeptical of government action, the lack of productivity may  be a good thing.  Certainly much Congressional output is or contains special interest laws which benefit neither the general public or the nation as a whole (e.g. farm subsidies Much of it threatens civil liberties (e.g., portions of national security laws), much of it is wasteful patronage in which taxpayers money is used to buy votes of certain segments of the population.  Of course some is essential, constitutional and beneficial to people in general and the nation as a whole.To  a large extent it depends on whose ox is being gored.

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