Thursday, December 06, 2007

The House Can't Pass Do Anything But Stupid Stuff

From RedState comes the story of the Securing Adolescents From Online Exploitation Act, a bill that address an already illegal activity (child porn) by requiring anyone with a wireless modem to catalog all the people who use their site and report on any viewing child porn.
First off, it's an unfunded mandate, second, no hard drives exist big enough to do this, third, it is illegal for private citizens to spy on one another, and if the images are kept then the person with the wireless service is violating the law.
forth, you cannot get landlords to search the rooms of their renters as a roundabout way to violate the constitution, this is the same thing.

But only two members of congress voted against it. Ron Paul of course (he votes against everything), and Paul Broun, whom I assume is the only one who actually read the bill.

What a cheap way to pretend you care about children: Pass a blatantly unconstitutional piece of crap, force some poor businessmen to defend themselves in court, watch the bill get thrown out, and the public picks up the tab.

Is it any wonder the public is cynical and holds the government in utter contempt?
Is it any wonder indeed.

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