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    Re: Should ALL laws sunset after 10 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Do you have any clue of the workload of redoing ALL laws every 10 years? What is that, a billion pages?
    Maybe we would get fewer pages that way.

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    Re: Should ALL laws sunset after 10 years?

    To suggest ALL of anything should be treated the same is ridiculous and creates false equivalencies. All laws are not equal to each other in importance or scope. To throw out a law only because it met with an arbitrarily set expiration date is just bad policy and bad use of time and resources.

    The mechanism sunset laws already exists. It's call repeal.

    Or the congress could just pass a new law that removes and/or replaces particular parts of existing laws. There is no need to automatically sunset all laws.
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    Re: Should ALL laws sunset after 10 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Well, I've heard this proposal before (10-20 yr span), and it is interesting. It would help keep them busy, yes. It would make it hard for bad laws and such to persist for decades. It would make it harder for highly partisan legislation to remain in place for decades, as the composition of the Congress changed.
    One example that comes up often is the 18 yr old guy being on a sex offender registry for having a 15 yr old girlfriend, or the guy who got drunk at a frat party and peed behind a tree, and most people seem to agree that that person is not a threat to society and that that person should not be publicly vilified as such. Yet, no politician has a backbone and thus won't propose a bill to repeal that aspect, because if they do their opponent in the next election will vilify them as being "soft on crime" and that crap still plays well. If we had an automatic sunset provision, I think it's very likely that the sex offender registry law would not be renewed in it's present form. It would be allowed to expire and replaced with a better and more reasonable version. All the spineless politicians would be off the hook and we'd gain back some common sense.
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    Re: Should ALL laws sunset after 10 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    One example that comes up often is the 18 yr old guy being on a sex offender registry for having a 15 yr old girlfriend, or the guy who got drunk at a frat party and peed behind a tree, and most people seem to agree that that person is not a threat to society and that that person should not be publicly vilified as such. Yet, no politician has a backbone and thus won't propose a bill to repeal that aspect, because if they do their opponent in the next election will vilify them as being "soft on crime" and that crap still plays well. If we had an automatic sunset provision, I think it's very likely that the sex offender registry law would not be renewed in it's present form. It would be allowed to expire and replaced with a better and more reasonable version. All the spineless politicians would be off the hook and we'd gain back some common sense.
    Or there could be a rightwing capture of a legislature and the offense be made a 50 year felony. Things don't always go the way you want when change comes.

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    Re: Should ALL laws sunset after 10 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanSpartan View Post
    I was looking at the astounding number of federal laws passed every single year, and it occurred to me: part of the problem is that elected officials feel the need to "do something". With millions of laws on the books, all they can do is make more and more laws, which further and further stifle us as a country.



    I propose that all laws not specifically enumerated in The Constitution expire after 10 years.

    This would give us

    A) something for the politicians to "do" without thinking of new crap to tie us up with
    B) it would mean "bad" law doesn't last for decades (NFA Act '37 for example)
    C) It would mean law more closely matches the current political makeup. No ramming something through in the dead of the night which is still there years later, even though it was passed through deceit and legislative maneuvering ala ObamaCare, Social Security etc....
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    Re: Should ALL laws sunset after 10 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    More right wing anti-government nonsense that we should recognize for exactly what it is.
    left wing nonsense being supportive of mindless laws?



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    Re: Should ALL laws sunset after 10 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Come to think of it, I think I'd prefer to sunset POLITICIANS every ten years....
    Yeah, every politician should only be allowed to serve one term- they cannot run for any public office afterwards.

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    Re: Should ALL laws sunset after 10 years?

    any law that doesn't apply to congress or the white house should be stricken immediately



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    Re: Should ALL laws sunset after 10 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    any law that doesn't apply to congress or the white house should be stricken immediately
    Wait, what?

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    Re: Should ALL laws sunset after 10 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dovkan View Post
    Wait, what?
    congress passes laws all the time that don't apply to them



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