Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- I do not know what the learned political scientists of the Republic say about it, but it seems to me that the laws of the land are now so poorly written that almost no one knows what they mean. That is a government bureaucrat's delight!

The healthcare bill, disparagingly and often referred to as Obamacare, is typical. No member of Congress could have read it before voting on it, and, even now, I doubt any congressperson has read it through. I know someone who did read it all, but he is an insomniac and does not count. Then there is Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor of New York. She read it through, but only because she thought it an atrocity and wanted to protect Americans from it.

Finally, someone over at Health and Human Services at least read what it said about long-term health care and the authorities there made a surprising admission: It is unworkable and possibly illegal. HHS said Friday that it would not be implemented. It would have been nice if they had admitted that the whole bill was unworkable before all the Democrats clapped their hands and voted it into law back in March of last year. The law does not control health costs. It (set ital) will (end ital) ration healthcare. And it ruins the vast majority of Americans' insurance policies, while lumping us all into that characteristic product of the Obama administration, chaos.

Then over the weekend, we are told President Barack Obama broke from campaigning and took an interest in what his government is doing. Now he is for the section of his healthcare bill that his HHS Department told us Friday was defunct, the long-care health provision. He is waiting for the Republicans to vote it down, and he will veto their work. So we are now told. As I said, the resulting product of Obama is chaos!

It seems to me that this tendency to pass laws that are inscrutable is a growing problem for the Republic, but it is not unintended. The progressives and liberals favor these abstruse laws. It is their intention to confuse the public. They intend that the laws are so convoluted, complicated and, in the end, soporific, that the electorate will eventually go away with a headache.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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