Congress passes Broken Windows ActSubmitted by Ed Ucation on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 15:01
By an overwhelming majority, Congress has passed the Broken Windows Act, officially known as the Steady Rate Small Scale Destruction Requiring Continuous Repair to Increase Employment and Stimulate the Economy Act.
The Act will require all windows older than 5 years to be broken and repaired. Economists say the Broken Windows Act will stimulate the manufacturing, the transportation, the construction, as well as the recycling sectors.
"Some of the benefits are obvious. Building new windows will employ thousands. Delivering those windows will require hundreds of drivers. Installing the windows will also call for thousands of workers," said one of the Democratic sponsors of the bill. "But people forget about all that broken glass. Someone is going to have to clean that up. And think of all that recycling! If we can recycle most of that glass, the price of new glass will go down."
"We couldn't support the bill in its original form," added a Republican who ended up supporting the bill in the end. "I was able to convince my colleagues to add two amendments which satisfied my principles. "The law now requires that no sales tax can be charged for the new windows and that window manufacturers get a 10% lowering of their corporate taxes. Also, 15% of the revenue collected will go toward abstinence-only sex education programs."
Some critics argued that the new law does not go far enough. "I wanted to require that all the new windows be energy efficient," complained a freshman liberal Democratic Congressman. "We have to cut down on our fossil fuels. But guess who was opposed to that? The powerful glass manufacturer's lobby. The system is broken."
One controversial aspect for the law calls for the creation of a Window Task Force to monitor the breaking process. A preliminary WTF has been formed to create a team of overseers under the motto "To Hold Up Good Service." The President commented that the motto guarantees there will be few complaints.