Congress and other states could learn a lesson in how to be more constructive from this story. The Pioneer Press reports that Minnesota’s legislature repealed over a thousand obsolete or “silly” laws in their latest session.

In addition to getting rid of outdated laws, the project made taxes simpler, cut bureaucratic red tape, speeded up business permits and required state agencies to communicate in plain language.

Instead of piling on with new or contradictory statues, perhaps the various governments should spend more time stripping government down to make it cheaper, more efficient, and to get out of the way of people who want to start businesses, create things, and generally get on with their lives without interference.