Thursday, 24 July 2008

Read the small print

A favourite trick of governments is to bury unpopular measures in the middle of large pieces of legislation, sometimes legislation that is totally unrelated to the measures in question. They can usually rest assured that the politicians will either lack the time or the inclination to actually read the damn'd bill before they are called to vote on it.

One case in point is brought to light by the Good Doctor, who informs us that the Housing Bill in front of Congress contains somewhere within its 600 pages requirements to fingerprint everyone in the mortgage industry and for all credit card transactions to be reported to the IRS.

In other words, more fascist police state bullshit.

(Hat tip: Economic Policy Journal)

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