Earlier today we noticed a slight uptick in attention (esp. on the Twitter micro-publishing service) on a particular bill: H.R. 5741, the Universal National Service Act, introduced July 15th, 2010 and sponsored by Rep. Rangel (D-NY), with three official actions and zero cosponsors.
Some commentators have taken to comparing this bill to "slavery", which is inappropriate, and we wanted to add a corrective note of empirical context. It's important to watchdog Congress, but not with overheated rhetoric and misinformation. Yes bills can have hugely important public policy implications, yes we need total transparency and lots more public engagement with our government, but not at the expense of polluting the discussion with hysterical fearmongering and conspiracy theories. Please click through to see the crucial points, about this bill and others like it, made by our experienced blogger Donny Shaw from last year around this time: The Vast Majority of Bills Go Nowhere.Read Full Article