Herman Cain promises he wouldn’t sign any bill over three pages long

From the LA Times Blog:

Herman Cain has discovered a way to stand out from all the other Republicans running for president.

The former president and chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza wants to make an offer to Congress that it can’t refuse. Unfortunately, it may be an offer so idealistic that it could have Cain swimming with the proverbial fishes — politically speaking.

Cain wants to stop lawmakers from passing bills that are over three pages long. Talk about small government.

“Don’t try to pass a 2,700-page bill,” Cain said to a responsive audience in Pella, Iowa, on Monday.

“You and I didn’t have time to read it. We’re too busy trying to live — send our kids to school. That’s why I am only going to allow small bills — three pages. You’ll have time to read that one over the dinner table,” Cain said.


  1. It sounds weird, and I’m 180 degrees opposite him politically, but I think I see what he means. Long, convoluted bills with lots of riders do make for bills that obfuscate.

    1. Well, there’s the matter of the budget, which details every allowable expenditure and revenue source for the federal government. Fitting that onto three pages is going to take some really small type.

      Hope he’s got good reading glasses.

      1. Compounded with that, the bills are actually done in fairly large font and formatted with lots of white space. We’re not talking size twelve double-spaced, here.

  2. while i can understand the desire for plain-language legislation, i can’t imagine what kind of fool would make such a statement. isn’t it painfully clear that the things happening in this country are complex, and could require more than 3 pages to address the issues?

  3. What’s worse is the whole rider thing. They pass these huge omnibus bills as a way of packing on unpopular legislation so that it’s politically perilous to vote either way. They do it often with defense spending. They’ll add something wildly to the left or right and then if you vote against it your opponent blames you for voting against the troops.

  4. So someone needs to ask if that means he would refuse to sign Boy Blunder’s tax cut. It was well over 3 pages long. He is running to be king of the idiots.

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