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Quotation of the Day…

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… is from page 194 of Robert Cooter’s 2000 book, The Strategic Constitution [2]:

Legislation often begins with a preamble stating a high purpose and then proceeds with pork-barrel provisions in the main body of the law.  Thus the general purposes stated in the preamble have no real connection to the legislation’s substance.

Members of genuinely reality-based communities recognize this reality of legislation and of the politics that produces it.  The Fair Labor Standards Act, for example – while sporting a fine-sounding title – is, in substance, shabby interest-group legislation [3] that has nothing to do with making labor standards “fair.”

(Although it’s behind a paywall, my 2001 review of Cooter’s Strategic Constitution is here.) [4]

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