I have been doing a lot of digging lately on www.thomas.gov, researching existing and proposed legislation. In both houses of Congress, we seem to have an abundance of arrogant "nanny-statists" who honestly believe that WE THE PEOPLE are incapable of living our lives without their guidance and wisdom. Things as simple as using a television remote control (The CALM Act, Public Law #111-311), choosing suitable illumination within one's own home (Energy Independence and Security Act, PL #110-140), or using our own toilets (Energy Policy Act, PL #102-486).
Every piece of legislation that I have researched has a summary, or outline that generally follows the following format:
(a) To provide for xxxxxxx (we've found another way to screw the taxpayer),
(b) To establish guidelines for xxxxxxx (here's how we're going to screw the taxpayer),
(c) AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES (here's how we bribe the opponents and benefit ourselves while screwing the taxpayer).
Take for example, a bill from former Presidential candidate and Arizona Senator John McCain called S. 3081, called "The Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act". Sounds good so far, right? The summary of the legislation reads: “To provide for the interrogation and detention of enemy belligerents who commit hostile acts against the United States, to establish certain limitations on the prosecution of such belligerents for such acts, and for other purposes.”
I mean, who WOULDN'T want enemy belligerents interrogated, detained and prosecuted, right? Well, consider that several leading Democrats have called Republicans in general, and TEA Party advocates specifically, "terrorists" and "hostage takers". So, THEY get to define the "enemy", they get to define what "acts" meet their criteria...and oh, here comes the best part...this legislation applies WITHIN our own borders...or inside your own home.
Of course, it's likely that the FOR OTHER PURPOSES section will carve out exemptions for illegal immigrants, mayors of sanctuary cities, governors who allow mayors to establish these illegal immigrant "safe zones" within their states, Muslims, gays and transgenders, and for family members of our Congressmen.