Merchants of Complexity

John Gross, the English literary critic, coined the epigram, “Complexity is the first refuge of the scoundrel.” With Congressional Democrats writing complex thousand- page, never read or debated bills, there is little wonder to why P.J. O’Rourke termed Congress a “Parliament of Whores.”

Last February the Democrats in Congress passed a complex 973-page $787 billion dollar stimulus bill without reading it. In June the Democrats in the House passed an even more complex “Climate Change” bill that was more than 1,200 pages long. No one read that bill either.

The Health Care bill now in Congress is 1,018 pages long. Since there doesn’t seem to be a single House or Senate member, much less Obama himself, who can easily explain its myriad complexities, it is obvious no one has read this bill either.

House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich) recently said, “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”

Conyers is right. Most of us don’t have two days to read the bill and we don’t have two lawyers at home to explain what it means after we did muddle through it.

If John Conyers doesn’t see any good in reading a bill if it’s a thousand pages long and Congress apparently doesn’t see any good in reading bills that are a thousand pages long either, then why do they vote to pass them?

For statists, liberal Democrats and Obama, the effectiveness of a congressional bill does not come from its meaning, but from its certitude. No bill however profound and sublime can be effective unless it is presented as the embodiment of the one and only truth, the truth of Obama the “Messiah.”

Therefore, in order to be effective, the congressional bill must not be understood, but has rather to be “believed” in. “Yes, we can. We are the ones we have been waiting for,” spoke Obama to the masses. His point was that only he and the faithful who “believe” can fix our problems and address our fate. We are the only ones who can do this.

“We are absolutely certain only about things we do not understand,” wrote the longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer. A bill that is understood by the average person looses its power. And power is what Obama and statists are about – the power to control our lives.

If the congressional bill is not unintelligible, it has to be vague; and if neither unintelligible nor vague, it has to be unverifiable, to paraphrase Mr. Hoffer again. The economic effect of the “Stimulus” bill is unverifiable. The “Climate Charge” bill is vague, unintelligible and unverifiable. The proposed “Health Care Reform” bill is both unverifiable and unintelligible.

“Complexity is the first refuge of the scoundrel.” It is indeed, but it also the first refuge of the statist and the new political philosophy called “Obamanism.”

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