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  • The laws occur because of these factors:

    • 98% of the population makes statements like: "Oh, computers are so hard! I couldn't possibly understand such complicated things. I can't learn this! Hold my hand and teach me a few tasks I'll never deviate from so I can get work done with my computer!" (It should be noted that 99% of people say the same about their VCRs.)
    • Congress is elected from the general population.
    • Due to public pressure, and industry pressure, the current line in government is: "We've got
    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • Congress is elected from the general population

      Hardly. They're elected from something far worse than even the general population [] -- lawyers!

      No law (hah hah!) says that congressmen must be lawyers. But almost all of them are.

      • Yes, and it is our shame. We are expected to believe that only lawyers can understand the law, that legislators are just another form of lawyers, that They are more capable than Us. Bah, I say, Bah! If our law is too complex for the lay man, it is not by initial design, it is because -- surprise! -- the lawyers made it more complex along the way. Congress was supposed to be a place where people of all types could represent their area of the nation. Now it's a place where lawyers can represent the special interests that got them into office.

        I think at the root, in part, of the continued centralization of power of the federal of government over the years is the push to make it easier to stay in office by making it harder to be qualified to deal with the complexity. It's yet another in my long list of reasons for term limits. :-)