A House of Repeal?
What’s more remarkable is that, while the House, Senate, and Presidency pass bills that none of them has read, the real laws that govern Americans’ lives aren’t even made by elected officials any longer. Most federal law today is made by enforcement and regulatory agencies, whether it’s the Internal Revenue Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Communications Commission, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Anyone who doesn’t believe these agencies make the law has never been to tax court, or tried to broadcast amateur radio.
And in the meantime, laws pile up. It’s not that all laws are bad. We’re not base anarchists. It’s that lawmaking no longer resides, if it ever did, with the people. Conversely, the individuals who are responsible, under the Constitution, for passing these laws seem utterly ignorant of the law themselves.
Next, the solution:
Perhaps what America needs is an authority whose sole job is to get rid of outdated, ill-conceived, or just plain bad laws.
Patrick goes on to define the parameters of this authority, with some pretty good reasons for each of those parameters. Read the whole thing.