Accuracy in Media

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader in the House of Representatives, told the press that the now-passed tax reform bill was the “worst bill in history.”

Pelosi may have forgotten worse bills in American history, ranging from slavery provisions and other laws passed by Congress. We name three worse laws as a reference for Pelosi and the Democratic Party, which Christopher Jacobs had pointed out at The Federalist:

  1. Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, which did not allow slaves to challenge their status in court.
  2. Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1964, which some scholars view as giving the executive office (i.e. the President) almost a blank check to involve American military forces in any conflict without having to rely on Congress to officially declare war.
  3. Sedition Act of 1798, where the federal government could throw citizens in prison based on their freedom of speech in writing their opposition to politicians’ views and decisions.

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