I had the opportunity once in the past to mock the Senate Finance Committee for its straight out of 1997 website that advertised itself as “optimized for Netscape Navigator 4.x or Internet Explorer 4.”
Today, reader SP alerts me to the new Finance.Senate.Gov—full of snazzy, up-to-date Web features and nary a mention of Netscape Navigator. Surfing around, I even got Baucus’ statement on selling carbon emissions permits:
“There is no one-size-fits-all model for legislation to fight climate change, including the way emissions allowances are sold. I look forward to reviewing all of our options carefully to find the most efficient, effective and transparent system,” said Baucus.
Of course any effort to create a “one-size-fits-all” model is likely to be sub-optimal in some respect. At the same time, any effort to write up a bunch of detailed exceptions is also likely to be sub-optimal. If I were a Senator, I’d probably love the idea of doing lots of tweaks since I’m the tweaker. But one size fits all seems like a decent satisficing strategy on the merits..