In the wake of our editor’s annual rant about not being able to buy cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving, Bob challenged me to make a list of “additional bad laws that should be eliminated”. I was halfway through the list when I realize it might spur some of that awful edge-of-margin discussion. So here’s my top 5 legal frameworks that need to go — what are yours?
— The Governor’s Council. The Senate can and should do this. Why this sinecure?
— County government. Talk about patronage. The state is too densely settled to need this.
— Minimum sentencing. Treating courts like machines makes for good headlines and poor justice, particularly on drug usage.
— Flat income tax. Asking the people who benefit the most from the economy to assume the most responsibility for its continuation is simple justice and self-interest in my book.
— Mourners cannot eat more than three sandwiches at a wake.
There. Can you believe I made it through the whole list without mentioning education? Whoops.