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Who Has Time, These Days, to Read?

10:44 AM, May 5, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Not Congress, it seems. After all, as David A. Fahrenthold of the Washington Post reports:

This Congress is officially expecting 4,291 written reports, from 466 federal agencies and nonprofit groups. Legislators have demanded reports on things as big as Social Security, as small as the House’s employee hair salon and as far afield as the state of Little League baseball … Congress is not even sure how many of those 4,291 reports are actually turned in. And it does not try to save copies of all the ones that are.

This is one of those stories that is both fascinating and totally unsurprising. Of course they write billions of words covering millions of pages, most of which nobody will read.

And maybe that isn’t such a bad thing. It keeps them busy and away from sharp objects.

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