Alexander Hamilton was the big government man of his time. He was so far on the big government side that even John Adams and other members of his own party (Federalist) respected the small government Republican Thomas Jefferson to a much greater degree. Despite this, even he understood the perils laws that are so long they can not be read and so flawed they require numerous exemptions.
The internal effects of a mutable policy are still more calamitous. It poisons the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?
Obamacare Facts and Figures:
> 1,000 exemptions
Quote: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it” – Nancy Pelosi
Number of healthcare reform law waivers climbs above 1,000 , Jason Millman – 03/06/11 04:38 PM ET
Heritage Foundation, Video of the Week: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it”, March 10th, 2010 at 3:30pm