Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me

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Limited government folks have often touted sunset provisions as a tool for controlling the size of the state—Alan Greenspan comes to mind. But in Legal Affairs, Chris Mooney argues that they don't work. In fact, they may have the opposite of the intended effect: Sunset provisions can help to placate skeptics, enabling the passage of legislation that otherwise would stall. But once passed, it becomes far easier to quietly repeal the sunset than it might've been to pass a permanent bill in the first place.

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  1. How about an ammendment that says they can’t pass a law restricting freedom of speeach – especailly to protect their own privelaged positions of power. Yah, that ought to work.

  2. Maybe we need an independent commission to oversee legislation and its effectiveness?

    Oh wait, then who would watch the commission? Another commission?

    Yeargh!

  3. Strange, it didn’t work out that way with the ban on internet taxes.

  4. How about an amendment that establishes a semester system for Congress? In the first semester, they can write laws, and in the second semester, they can only repeal laws.

    At least politicians would have an understanding that their purpose is not to DO SOMETHING by way of regulation after regulation.

  5. Seldom have I read anything this depressing.

    It is as if Chris Mooney just shut off the light at the end of the tunnel.

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