Herman Cain: If a Bill Is More Than 3 Pages, I Won't Sign

Because short bills make for great dinner-table reading
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2011 8:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – People who may want to consider supporting Herman Cain: lovers of trees, fans of brevity, Americans who like the idea of reading government bills while eating dinner. At an appearance in Pella, Iowa, yesterday, Cain took shots at Barack Obama's "failure of leadership," and said he decided to run after Obama signed the health reform law. ThinkProgress reports that Cain seemed particularly bothered by the length of that bill, saying, "Engage the people. Don’t try to pass a 2,700-page bill—and even they didn’t read it! You and I didn’t have time to read it."

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Luckily, Cain has a solution. No more 2,700-page bills. In fact, he would cap his bills at 0.11% that size. "That’s why I am only going to allow small bills—three pages," he explained. "You’ll have time to read that one over the dinner table. What does Herman Cain, President Cain talking about in this particular bill?" The crowd clapped like crazy, but ThinkProgress notes that such a policy would mean Cain wouldn't have signed the Civil Rights Act, the Patriot Act, or the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. Which bills would currently make the cut? Simple ones, like those naming post offices. (Read more Herman Cain stories.)

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