You have to give it to Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain; he knows how to keep his name in the news. At a recent speech in Iowa, Cain criticized the lengths of bills that are passed by Congress, particularly the 2,700 healthcare bill. He stated that these bills were too long for average people who had other responsibilities to read. Cain stated, “That’s why I’m only going to allow small bills..three pages. You’ll have time to read that one over the dinner table.”
I’ll give Mr. Cain the benefit of the doubt and assume that some of this was just campaign talk, and that he didn’t actually mean three page bills. Maybe I’m assuming too much, but I’d like to think that Mr. Cain knows that it is not possible to include all of the information necessary for a bill(any bill) governing the entire country to fit into three pages.
Republicans have been using the non-issue of bill length as a talking point for a couple of years now. It seems to play well to at least a portion of their audience who clearly don’t like to read. The reality is that much of the information included in legislation is technical, and absolutely necessary. The average person wouldn’t read it whether it was 2,000 pages or 20. Several pieces of legislation have been thousands of pages prior to President Obama taking office; it is not a new thing.
You may not like Herman Cain, but he know’s his audience, and he knows what they want to hear. What they want to hear may be childish; it may be factually wrong. But, it’s keeping Cain’s name higher in early polls than a lot of more well-known Republicans.