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“When Congress makes a joke it’s a law, and when they make a law, it’s a joke.” – Will Rogers
The one law always in force is the law of unintended consequences. Congress can ignore it, and yet it remains, a reef to create the shipwreck of their hopes. This is the secret inherent in Will Rogers’s quote. No one individual is smart enough to foresee every possibility arising from an action. That is one reason it is always best to get a lot of outside input for a decision – especially one outside your area of expertise.
Congress contains 535 individuals who view themselves as the smartest person in the room. Yes, many of them are very smart(or very clever). Yet among the smart and clever is often the conceit that they know everything worth knowing and that something they do not know is by definition, unimportant. Throw in the desire to do something — quickly — when a crisis erupts.
The result? Legislation that ignores the law of unintended consequences. In the once and future Speaker of the House’s words, “We have to pass the bill to find out what is in it.” And chaos inevitably results.
If it is hard on everyone else, at least it gives humorists material.