That's NOT what the idea is.
These laws are responsible for the decrease of not just lost productivity of nations, but also for the loss of personal and economic freedoms of their citizens. According to some estimates, the US gross national product would have been more than 6 times greater today, had it not been for the cost of government since the beginning of the 20th century! And let's not fool ourselves: that's what all those laws are - cost of government, cost of spurious legislation. This torrent of laws does not serve the people. Not you. Not me. Not anyone. Not even a little bit.JUST TWO PRINCIPLES IS ALL IT TAKES.
The US Constitution doesn't contain any laws, but rather it enumerates the government powers and guaranteed rights of the citizens. It is, in essence, founded on two classical liberal (now libertarian) principles: non-aggression and individual property rights.
You could run a complex society on just these two principles. In fact, that's pretty much exactly what was done - give or take a paltry few hundred laws which were technically redundant in most cases anyway.
The US became the world's fastest growing, richest, happiest and most powerful nation - ever - while its government, and thus the law superstructure, was the smallest. It's a matter of historical record. The US reduced poverty and increased individual wealth at a rate never before seen in recorded history. That is, until the "progressive" Big Government decided to help things along - from which point on this incredible trend has flatlined or even, in some cases, reversed.
And yet, you could actually run a complex society on nothing more than these two basic rules.
Rule 1: Full respect for individual property rights.
Rule 2: No violence of any kind should be permitted against any person who follows Rule 1.
You would be hard pressed to find any legal case, any disagreement, any litigation that couldn't be effectively and fairly adjudicated if just these two principles were rigorously applied. For real.PERVERTING SOUND PRINCIPLES AND MAKING THEM INTO TROJAN HORSES.
At least two clauses within the US Constitution have been used against itself. The "general welfare" clause and the "interstate commerce" clause.
The general welfare clause wasn't supposed to mean "let's legislate until general welfare is achieved". Instead, it really meant "leave people alone and their general welfare will be preserved!" Or: "let's remove any obstacles to general welfare". "Legislating until general welfare is achieved" is an infinite loop and an invitation to an ever-growing number of new laws. Which is exactly what we see happening.
The interstate commerce clause has been perverted in even more ways, even more perniciously. Today, just about anything - yes "anything" - that you do can be, and often is, interpreted as a violation of the interstate commerce clause. Want to grow a vegetable garden in your backyard? Sorry mate, your reckless action affects the commerce of your community, state and country - and you justly deserve to be punished. You still have your backyard garden and nobody's come to put you away? Don't worry - they will. It's just a matter of time.
Few other constitutional clauses have come even close to being abused, twisted, and distorted as much as this one. Today, the interstate commerce clause has become its very opposite. Rather than facilitating commerce between nations, states and individuals - it is used to drain the life-blood out of the country's economy and depriving people of their rightful freedoms.
You can almost not mention any freedom-limiting law, no matter how seemingly unrelated, which doesn't in some way get its wrongful claim to legality from this bastardized clause. Knowing how to manipulate the interstate commerce clause is the power to do anything.THE BIG THREE REASONS.
So why do we allow this mind-numbing inanity to go on? Why do we put up with a process which has such a stranglehold on us all? Why isn't it enough for us to have just those two fundamental laws in place and why do we yield to the temptation of creating all those millions footnotes to them?
There are a lot of factors. But among the most dominant ones are these "Big Three":