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How Many Laws Do We Need?


Remember the short story by Leo Tolstoy about How Much Land Does a Man Need? A man is told he can have all the land he marks with a spade in a day. He starts at sunrise and must return to the same spot by sunset or he gets nothing. Because of his greed, he forgets time and has to rush back. Only he dies from exhaustion and is only given enough land for a grave.
Is there anyone who is doing something go an entire day without breaking some type of law…speed, littering, grass length, snow depth, distracted driving, etc.? How many laws are vital for a city? A county? A state? Or even the Federal government? After all, didn’t Moses write all the laws needed for three major religions and a nation of people on a single rock?
Since I doubt if anyone knows how many laws each of these government bodies really have, I suggest a person ought to be able to count them in an hour or in case of the Federal government, in a day. It is really the duty of the lawmakers to actually weed out stupid, redundant, or unnecessary laws. But lawmakers are hoarders of the stupid, redundant, and unnecessary.
So I propose common sense committees to help do the cleanup. Who better than a committee of say a grandmother, policeman, farmer, garbage man, and a housewife to clean things up? They and other citizens are all use to dealing with stupid, redundant, and unnecessary things in practical and common sense fashion. Their job would be to toss stupid laws in one pile. Laws to keep in another would go in another pile.
When they finish, call in the elected officials to reconsider how much stupid, redundant, and unnecessary people need to put up with. No vacations, no days off, and no fund raising until laws can be counted. Repeat with different people forming the common sense group until laws of city, county, state, and federal government can at the very least be counted in a reasonable amount of time.

Do I think this is really a solution? Of course not.

So why do we expect law enforcement people to do on our streets and while under stress what the elected law makers won’t do in the calm and quiet of their offices?

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