To the Editor:
James Madison, our 4th president and chief architect of our Constitution, stated in Federalist 62 (part of a series of articles written by Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay in support of ratifying the Constitution), “it would be of little use to have laws so voluminous that they cannot be read or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” When you consider the size and complexity of our U.S. Tax Code and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, you know Madison was right.
It takes the CCH Standard Tax Reporter over 72,000 pages to fully document the U.S. Tax Code. It is estimated that the Obamacare statute is over 400,000 words, and the regulations attached to it already have over 1,100,000 words with more regulations forthcoming. Laws should be understood by the masses, yet many of the laws in our country are only understood by a few. Even our elected representatives often don’t understand what they are voting on.
Remarking on the original Obamacare bill, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is quoted as saying, “first we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Doesn’t she have it backwards? In my opinion, voting on something without first understanding it is at least ridiculous, and possibly criminal. In fairness to her, no one could possibly fully understand this piece of legislation.
Our Founders did not intend our government to become so big and complex. Interestingly, if our Constitution were more closely followed, this would not have happened. You have to wonder how we arrived at this point given that our elected officials all swear to God while under oath that they will support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
David A. Ellison