Gingrich Invites You to Point out `the Truly Stupid'

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Bugged by a bureaucrat? Riled at a regulation? Mad about a mandate? Then queue up at the Capitol for Corrections Day, the newest brainstorm of House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich, R-Ga., said he was looking for federal requirements "so dumb you wouldn't want to tell your mom you were busy doing it" so that Congress and the president can fix them - quickly.

Gingrich said he would hold hearings on the "truly stupid" on the first Tuesday of each month - days he will designate Corrections Day. Laws, regulations or rules deemed goofy will be wiped out in "corrections bills" and sent to the president for his signature.

"I think the president will be delighted to sign 20 or 30 corrections bills a month," Gingrich told the National Governors' Association in a speech Tuesday. "He and I discussed the idea . . . and we think this is a direction that's useful."

Right now, Gingrich said, the response to a complaint about the unintended consequence of a federal law is to change the whole law, which is often too hard or takes too long.

"Therefore, if you have something happening in your state that is truly stupid, we will tell you we agree: It is truly stupid. …