I just read that Senator Rand Paul is putting forward a measure that would require senators to actually read bills before they vote on them. That's all well and good, except for the fact that, if most senators could read, they would probably have found productive employment, instead of lolling around in the Senate.
Senator Paul's measure would delay a vote on a bill for a period of one day per every 20 pages of bill. Call me cynical, but I think this is showing off. Just because the senator, who is also a doctor, can read that fast, there's no reason he has to make a display of his extraordinary capabilities and make everybody else feel less special.
But let me set aside my skepticsm for a moment, and try to be constructive. If the measure passes, how will legislators prove they've done their required reading? I suggest a quiz, or maybe a book report. Under special circumstances, like when bills include really long words, some might be allowed to build dioramas instead. Of course all work would have to be graded by the Sergeant at Arms of each legislative body, with special care taken to ensure that it is all original, and not just recycled Cliff Notes, or purchased from some scurrilous internet "term papers are us" site. (Note to self: buy rights to web addresses like "billreader.com.")
This will add considerably to the workload of the Sergeants of Arms, most likely necessitating the hiring of assistants and deputies. This means that Senator Paul's measure might not just elevate the level of discourse, but could also contribute to lowering unemployment, as well.
Yes, the more I think about it, the better it sounds.