Opinion: Herman Cain promises he wouldn’t sign any bill over three pages long


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Herman Cain has discovered a way to stand out from all the other Republicans running for president.

The former president and chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza wants to make an offer to Congress that it can’t refuse. Unfortunately, it may be an offer so idealistic that it could have Cain swimming with the proverbial fishes -- politically speaking.

Cain wants to stop lawmakers from passing bills that are over three pages long. Talk about small government.


‘Don’t try to pass a 2,700-page bill,’ Cain said to a responsive audience in Pella, Iowa, on Monday.

‘You and I didn’t have time to read it. We’re too busy trying to live — send our kids to school. That’s why I am only going to allow small bills — three pages. You’ll have time to read that one over the dinner table,’ Cain said.

But as Marie Diamond of Think Progress wrote, ‘Cain wouldn’t have signed such landmark pieces of legislation as the Civil Rights Act, the Social Security Act or the Patriot Act. In fact, he wouldn’t have even been able to sign the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, which ran 114 and 18 pages, respectively.’

Cain pulls in respectable numbers in early polls, often in the middle of the pack if not higher. Tom Jensen of the Public Policy Polling blog wrote today that of the GOP hopefuls, only Rep. Michele Bachman of Minnesota and Cain have ‘any real momentum.’

‘The big question is going to be whether Cain or Bachmann can actually translate their increasing popularity into support for the White House -- liking someone is one thing while thinking they should be President is quite another,’ Jensen wrote.



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