April 25, 2012 2 Comments
Sonic's Razor: Any law, rule or regulation that is (formally or informally) named after (a) some individual* adult** human, or (b) via an acronym that makes a dictionary-word, is presumptively a bad law that can be opposed without further information.
Examples: “Volcker Rule”, PATRIOT Act, “Buffett Rule”, DREAM Act, “Obamacare”
*Excluding laws named after two or more people b/c of how common it is nowadays to refer to a bill by the bill’s split-partisan co-sponsors. Although in reality it’s probably the case that most of these laws (McCain-Feingold, Dodd-Frank) are terrible too.
**Allowing exceptions for laws named after children due to some atrocity/accident, e.g. ‘Megan’s Law’, although those may be bad as well; I don’t have the knowledge let alone the stomach to look into it.