American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Has anyone read the entire text of the stimulus package?
The ambiguity of this question is intentional.
For those reading this post who have read the entire text, would you please comment on it? What are the highlights, what are the important hidden details, do you think it will work, whatever you want to say.
On the more literal interpretation of my question, how many people do you think actually have read the entire text, particularly those in Congress and the Administration? My supposition is that very few have, and I wonder even if Obama has read every single page. This would not be a surprising revelation, but rather a practical “necessity” of our current political process. Presumably each decision maker has a staff of people who do read and analyze every clause in a bill and who summarize for their boss.
Now, if it’s the case that no Member or Senator has actually read the entire final draft of the stimulus package — and even if some have but the majority have not — then this says something interesting about the crowdsourced nature of our body politic. But I’m not sure what :-)
Would legislation be different (and how) if everyone who proposed, voted on, or had veto power over legislation actually read every word themselves?
Would we, the People, be better off, worse off, or the same?
Assuming that crowdsourcing the legislative process is a practical necessity, how could that process be improved (practically speaking)?