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Radically Simplify Law

In order for law to be effective, it needs to be understood—by politicians and officials, and the citizens affected by it.  Today, statutes and regulations run into the hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of pages. 

Legislation and regulations should be written to set public goals and general principles—leaving implementation to designated officials, with clear lines of accountability. Except in unusual circumstances, no law should be over 50 pages. The Constitution is 16 pages long. The basic antitrust law against monopolization is only a few lines. It only took 29 pages to authorize the Interstate Highway System. 

The key tests for effective law are whether: 1) regulators have flexibility to make sensible choices; 2) there are clear lines of accountability; and 3) compliance by those expected to abide by the law is practical.