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    This new law is supposed to make government law easier to comprehend. You know, so the general public can actually understand it.

    Feds Must Stop Writing Gibberish Under New Law

    The federal government is rolling out a new official language of sorts: plain English.

    That's right: Pursuant to regulations promulgated thereunder and commencing in accordance with a statute signed herein by President Barack Obama, the government shall be precluded from writing the pompous gibberish heretofore evidenced, to the extent practicable.

    That sentence contains 11 new language no-nos.

    Obama signed the Plain Writing Act last fall after decades of effort by a cadre of passionate grammarians in the civil service to jettison the jargon.

    It takes full effect in October, when federal agencies must start writing plainly in all new or substantially revised documents produced for the public. The government will still be allowed to write nonsensically to itself.

    Ahead then, if the law works, is a culture change for an enterprise that turns out reams of confusing benefit forms, tangled rules and foggy pronouncements. Not to mention a Pentagon brownie recipe that went on for 26 pages about "regulations promulgated thereunder," ''flow rates of thermoplastics by extrusion plastometer" and a commandment that ingredients "shall be examined organoleptically."

    That means look at, smell, touch or taste.
    A 26 page Pentagon brownie recipe? Are you freaking kidding me? What a joke!

    The Associated Press has this interactive before and after chart that's pretty funny.

    Say what you mean: Government pushing plain English

    This one is pretty good:

    Denial of Medicare or Medicaid

    BEFORE
    Investigators at the contractor will review the facts in your case and decide the most appropriate course of action. The first step taken with most Medicare health care providers is to reeducate them about Medicare regulations and policies. If the practice continues, the contractor may conduct special audits of the providers medical records. Often, the contractor recovers overpayments to health care providers this way. If there is sufficient evidence to show that the provider is consistently violating Medicare policies, the contractor will document the violations and ask the Office of the Inspector General to prosecute the case. This can lead to expulsion from the Medicare program, civil monetary penalties, and imprisonment.

    AFTER
    We will take two steps to look at this matter: We will find out if it was an error or fraud. We will let you know the result.
    Or this one:

    Home mortgage loans

    BEFORE
    A creditor extending mortgage credit subject to 226.32 shall not ... extend credit subject to 226.32 to a consumer based on the value of the consumer's collateral without regard to the consumer's repayment ability as of consummation, including the consumer's current and reasonably expected income, employment, assets other than the collateral, current obligations, and mortgage-related obligations.

    AFTER
    Before providing a mortgage, a bank or other lender must verify that the borrower has sufficient income to repay the loan.
    Leave it to the US government to over complicate the law to such a degree that no one can understand it, especially the so called lawmakers in Washington. I think this new law is definitely a step in the right direction.
    |TG-X| mp40x



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    The simple English wikipedia is adorable if you look up things like Quantum Physics.

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      http://www.scribd.com/doc/31930844/M...Brownie-Recipe
      Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

      snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

      Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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        OMG, you found the actual 26-page Pentagon brownie recipe. How much money, manpower, and over site did it take to complete that worthless document?

        And you wonder why total US defense related spending is over $1 trillion Dollars a year.
        |TG-X| mp40x



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          Originally posted by mp40x View Post
          OMG, you found the actual 26-page Pentagon brownie recipe. How much money, manpower, and over site did it take to complete that worthless document?

          And you wonder why total US defense related spending is over $1 trillion Dollars a year.
          The Combat Feeding Directorate explains why:

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/0...3&title=Page_1

          The recipe has since been expanded to 31 pages. Mission creep?

          http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...98&ft=1&f=1053
          Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

          snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

          Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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