Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A Case for Brevity

Our U.S. representatives and senators routinely vote on huge, complex bills (often hundreds or thousands of pages long) without ever having read more than a brief summary. As an example, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is 11,000 pages long, and most lawmakers admit they didn't read anything more than the summary. These convoluted bills are then enforced by the courts down to the level of punctuation.

Contrast that… with the fact that the original U.S. Constitution—the supreme law of the land—was a mere four pages long. And it was written in plain language.   

Lesson learned... Keep it short and simple (KISS). The less you say or write, the more impact you will have.