“Nobody knows what the bill would do. Let’s vote!”

Back in March I posted about the then-looming onslaught of radio ads on the so-called ‘Right to Repair’ bill currently pending (again) in the Massachusetts state legislature.  Within a day, that post on a relatively obscure topic earned me my two favorite comments of my short blogging life: first from the writer of the ubiquitous “Sully” ads, and then from “Sully” himself!  There’s no question that the folks pushing ‘Right to Repair’ are paying attention to their Google Alerts. And they have a sense of humor.

Well, the expected ad onslaught has arrived, and if I could take a tiny amount of credit for the fact that “Sully” and his accent (it’s genuine!) have assumed a much lower profile this year, well, that’d make all the time I’ve spent blogging into the wind on other issues almost worth it.

Rather than go off on yet another rant about the incessant ad saturation on an issue that is of immediate concern to, oh, approximately 0.00000000001% of the population, I thought I’d use ‘Right to Repair’ to illustrate a broader point, or maybe to suggest a ground rule for our legislators: if you don’t understand what the law would do, you shouldn’t vote for it.  Further: if after three plus years of relentless attention to the issue you still don’t understand what it’s really all about, you should probably just leave it the ___ alone.

Seems like common sense, right?  The kind of thing that should go without saying?

But if comprehension were a bar to legislation, then heck – Massachusetts could just go ahead and join the vast majority of our sister states and convert to a part-time legislature.  The legislative workload would be lessened considerably.

“Pass R2R so the Fonz can fix your car”

As I wrote in March, I have no idea what the ‘Right to Repair’ bill would do.  This time around, supporters tell me it would do nothing more than guarantee that whoever I want to fix my car will have “the codes” necessary to fix my car.  “It’s your car; get it fixed where you want.”  That sounds reasonable, despite the fact that (like a lot of people, I gather), I’ve never been turned away at a garage for lack of repair codes.  Personally, I’d like my three-year old to fix my car. If this bill will give her the info she needs to do it, put me down in support.  She works for popsicles.  Either her or the Fonz.  Because that’d just be cool.  You can use that if you want, ‘Right to Repair’ folks (I know you’re reading!).  Free of charge.  

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