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Bill Names

I’m with Derb in disliking personalized bill names, for the reasons he mentions. I’m also against bill names such as the Patriot Act and the Safe Act, which are also designed to short-circuit debate. I’m also against making a big deal out of celebrities’ political views. That said, given that we live in the political culture that actually exists, do I mind renaming the Unborn Victims of Violence Act “Laci and Conner’s Law”? Do I mind, that is, exploiting a minor defect of our political culture to help get a good bill enacted? Not really. And if Britney Spears were to turn out to favor the abolition of the capital-gains tax, I would recommend that she be a featured speaker on Capitol Hill.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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