Kansas GOP gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback is proposing an “Office of the Repealer,” tasked with seeking out bad or repetitive laws, wasteful programs, and archaic state agencies for elimination. As a general rule, the media venerates politicians who propose new government programs as bold and visionary, while anyone daring to suggest perhaps there might be cause to eliminate an agency or two is depicted as some fringe draconian nut. Or just quaint and silly.
Balko is on-board:
I'm all for this too. What it does is not only get rid of dumb anachronisms or over-regulation, but it re-frames the debate against the notion that government can never be pruned back. It can be. It should be. The question is how to do this as intelligently as possible, to make government as lean but as effective as possible.