I work with Federal laws and regulations every day. I find that many are created solely to serve a social purpose. (For example, a set of federal laws require that the USDA give grants to universities to perform agricultural research, even though much of the research is redundant or unnecessary. Likewise, Federal agencies must give certain vendors preference in purchasing, even if they charge more than larger entities.) While that is admirable, many stand in the way of allowing the Government to realize fiscal savings (which, ironically, could be used to serve the populations contemplated by the cumbersome laws and regulations). Congress should initiate a project to refocus existing laws and regulations at least slightly away from curing social ills and place more emphasis on fiscal responsibility.
Idea No. 4117