Comment: An average of about 700 pages

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An average of about 700 pages

An average of about 700 pages a year.
Say it took 15 seconds to read a page.
It would take you almost 2 weeks straight to read it all. Add in actually sleeping etc, it would likely take you most of a month to simply read through the entire tax code, saying nothing about actually understanding it.
See, when designing/building something, its nice when you can reuse various parts. There is a point though when stuff becomes so complicated and convoluted that its simply best to just start over.

The founders would be proud the US has prospered and become a world power. They would then probably faint and die once learning the details.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.