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A lot of countries (Russia, Ukraine, etc.) have very streamlined legal codes - the are small enough to fit into a single 100-page book and very clear. Why can't US do something like this?
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Posted Aug 23, 2013 2:25 UTC (Fri) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
I'd have trouble believing that the index to all of these would fit into a 100 page book (barring unnatural font and page sizes anyway :-)
But I also agree that the proliferation of laws in the US is out of control
part of this is the fact that it's easier to get support to 'do something' about a problem than it is to eliminate a law.
Remember that the Obama Health Care bill, technically a single law, was over 1000 pages.
I'll bet that a lot of homeowners associations have rules that run close to 100 pages.
I'll bet that the laws around building a house are >100 pages in any city
Posted Aug 23, 2013 2:38 UTC (Fri) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Civil code, tax code and some other codes are significantly bigger. But you still can easily place all of them on one small shelf. It's not impossible to know most of them in detail for a good lawyer. There's also a plethora of executive orders, clarifications, comments and so on - but they are NOT laws.
US legal codes are among the worst I've seen - they are either vague or specific to the point of idiocy.
Posted Aug 23, 2013 2:54 UTC (Fri) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
Well, assuming that you have your labor paid on the books, I'm sure labor laws alone (OSHA) run this well over 100 right there.
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