Thursday, January 21, 2010
After the Health Reform Crack Up: Govern through crime?
Fortunately the public is not as primed for a crime centered populist swing as it was in 1994 with the murder of Polly Klass driving the media. Still, it is hard to see where, other than in punishing despised criminals, the two parties can agree on strong sounding laws. In that spirit, and tongue only partially in cheek, look for the some of the following to take up all the extra time the Senate will have on its hands after health reform is off the table:
- A federal death penalty for insurance executives whose decisions can be shown to have shortened the life of an insured (now that's a "death panel" baby).
- LWOP for Bank executives who short their own client's position.
- Lifetime Sex offender registration and notification requirements for public office holders who commit adultery while in the District of Columbia.
Cross posted at Governing through Crime
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