Brevity? For politicians? That's crazy!

Well, maybe. Okay, I admit that this wouldn't have much of a chance of passing as a constitutional amendment - let's be honest, politicians love earmarks and obscure amendments to omnibus bills - but the idea of a 28th Amendment, a Brevity Act, is brilliant.

We can quibble with the wording, but I think that if we are really honest with ourselves this is a good idea. The Constitution, the basic framework of our government, was laid out in 11 pages. If new bills were limited to 5 single-spaced pages, at least there's a chance someone will read the bills on which they are voting.

It would probably be the biggest step ever toward truly open and transparent government. If only it stood a chance...