Waxman: "I certainly don't claim to know everything that's in this bill"

A less-than-amusing sequel to last night’s mildly amusing speed-reading display. As much as I like to goof on that “Thomas Paine” character, the fact that government has now decayed to the point where congressmen feel safe openly admitting that they don’t know what they’re voting on suggests a civic breakdown in need of emergency repair.

I suppose this sort of thing can be excused for bills that aren’t very important. Too bad cap and trade — which will shave trillions off of GDP, per Heritage’s estimate — isn’t one of them.