Please, someone, anyone, tell me this is being misinterpreted and that we’re not about to make all of this crap permanent. Presumably our legislators have at least had time to read the Patriot Act this time around, so they can’t claim ignorance. Now what’s the excuse? It was too heavy to carry home in my limousine? My constituents don’t want me wasting valuable time reading the legislation I vote for because it takes away from my time with important lobbyists… I mean clients… I mean close personal friends who take me on nice trips and give me envelopes full of cash… I mean defense contractors… I mean setting myself up for a cushy consulting job… I mean the work of the legislature.