Friday, February 13, 2009

Pray Your Members of Congress Took Speed-Reading Lessons...

...and that they don't need to eat:

It is now 7 PM and the Democrats in Congress have yet to give their Republican counterparts a copy of the final Stimulus Bill for them to read. Steny Hoyer says that the House is going to move toward a vote starting at 9 AM tomorrow.

Today’s version of the bill clocks in at 1,434 pages and that’s not the final version. What Congress will likely vote on tomorrow (because President Obama has practically demanded that he sign it on Monday) is likely going to be larger.

There is no chance in the world that any member of Congress is going to be able to read the bill by morning unless they are a trained speed reader. Even then, they’re not going to know the full ramifications of what the bill contains. I’ll do some back of the envelope calculations to prove it.

Let’s start with two generous assumptions: that the bill remains at 1,434 pages, and it gets in the hands of your member of Congress at 8 PM. Let’s also assume that there are about 350 words on each page

In order for anyone to read the entire bill in 13 hours, they’d have to start the very minute they got it and read over 1.8 pages a minute every minute, without a break. They’ll be clocking in at a reading speed of 640.5 words per minute at that rate. If anyone needs a potty break, they’d better take the bill with them. Forget eating....

Read the whole thing. The post, I mean. There's no way you or any member of Congress will be able to get through that bill. Somehow, I think that's the point.

(HT Instapundit)

1 comment:

thinking said...

Unfortunately, we're at the point where we don't have the luxury of taking our time.

No one can read the economic data and not be alarmed. The deterioration of the economy is swift and dramatic, and spreading.

There is a cost to any delay in getting the economic stimulus in place. That has to be counterbalanced against other concerns.