Just in case you weren’t sure, there is such a thing as pointless legislation. Legislation that may make a point in some way shape or form, but does nothing substantive. Such a piece of legislation passed through the House of Representatives with bi-partisan support.
The legislation itself is fairly simple. What it does is orders the President to put in the cost of the deficit, per taxpayer of each years spending. Meaning that if the deficit for the year 2013 is one trillion dollars, and there are 145 million tax returns put in, which is the average, then the President would have to, by law, tell you, dear taxpayer that it costs you an average of around $6896.55
Which is nice, but what can you do with that information? Look at the number and say “Dayum! That’s a lot of money!” That is really about it. It’s sole purpose is to be a reminder that “decisions have real world consequences” says the man who sponsored the legislation, rookie Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana.
It may look to him like it creates an aura of accountability, putting a real number in dollars that an individual can wrap their head around, but it does have an additional consequence. It will show definitively the amount the annual deficit is actually dropping. The annual deficit for this year is expected for the first time since 2007 to be under a trillion dollars. It is supposed to drop to under half a trillion per year by 2015 before going back up due to the cost of all those baby boomers retiring.
The problem with legislation like this is pretty simple. It does nothing. This legislation won’t take away from the deficit, it won’t add jobs, it won’t make America a better place, and points to the way Republicans do things.
They like to draw attention to the things that are happening in the world, while not doing a single solitary thing about them. Mr. Messer is not serving his constituents well here. They would be better served if they had a congressman who tried to get legislation through that does something about the deficit, or job creation, something substantive rather than this cutesy useless crap that does nothing for anyone.
It isn’t the law yet, but I can’t see any reason this silliness wouldn’t become law. It has to get through the Senate, and being innocuous crap, it should not have any issue getting through the Senate and to the White House. It will probably get through the Senate in much the same way it got through the House, by a fairly wide margin.