07 February 2009

AND??? and i hate you, congress.

why, why do i do things like try to figure out what has been going on in the Senate regarding the scazillion-dollar stimulus plan? it only a) gets my blood pressure up and b) confirms that our elected representatives are morons, or at least have stared at legislative doubletalk for so long that their judgements about English have been seriously compromised. exhibit 1: Senate Amendment 309, introduced by Thomas Coburn (R-OK)

At the appropriate place, insert the following:


None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway beautification project.

take another look. "…museum, theater, art center and highway beautification project"??? that is one hell of a project. in fact, i'm pretty sure you won't be finding any such mega-conglomerate initiative anywhere in the original bill. and they passed this amendment. what a waste of time. idiots.

of course, having someone proofread the damn thing and change and to or would have saved the nonsense that this will create in conference committee, in the courts if the bill is signed into law with this amendment in place, &c. &c.


Gordon P. Hemsley said...

Despite this post being almost a year old, I'm going to reply to it.

Part of my reply is to show support for the concept of using "or" properly (or not using "and" improperly).

However, there is another part of my reply. This is not the first time that I've seen "and" used in this way. And, despite my strong disagreement with the practice, I'm getting the feeling that it's some sort of legalese use of "and".


Ed Cormany said...

that had never occurred to me. if you have other examples, i'd be interested. i may ask a couple lawyers too, if i remember.