Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney has articulated how to properly reduce the size and scope of our federal government. While America has evolved and our lives have changed, our laws and regulations have only grown. We have an endless and largely indecipherable supply of unnecessary requirements that waste our time and resources. This burgeoning bureaucracy is greatly responsible for our fiscal woes. Our laws and regulations place duties and obligations on the bureaucracy. So, if we simply reduce the federal budget we will only reduce the funds needed to carry out unwanted requirements — and unwittingly increase our burdens.
The proper way to reduce government must begin with Congress and the president working together to review our endless laws and rules and weed out those that aren't needed, not wise, not understandable and not necessary today. If we're to be a nation of laws, then our laws must be clear, concise and necessary in today's world. I'm still waiting to hear a candidate say how he would tackle this critical job.
Bob Kellogg, Edmond