The current Congress appears capable of handling only a single major issue at a time — this month it’s been the national debt ceiling. As a result, other important matters fester without resolution. Unfortunately, one of these topics — overcriminalization — may not be one either the Congress or the administration has any interest in tackling. They should; failure to address the overcriminalization of America is turning us into a society in which the average citizen is at the mercy of the federal government for fear of running afoul of some criminal law or regulation on any given day, despite having no intention whatsover of doing so.
The explosive growth in the number of federal crimes in recent decades has been nothing short of phenomenal. Three crimes — three — were considered of sufficient importance and of a unique federal nature, to be included specifically in the Constitution. Those three uniquely federal crimes are treason, piracy and counterfeiting. Over the