If the FAA simplified the rules, they might not be in the clear, should a mishap occur.That's my strategy as well.
The only problem following the FAA regulations is when they are contradictory, vague and in a constant state of flux. Then there's the federal, state and local rules often in conflict.
I wonder if over time the rules will become simplified or just impossibly complex and confounding.
I do my best to follow the rules and feel I am able to defend my judgement, and actions. The irresponsible ppl that land on the White House Lawn are the ones hurting the industry/hobby.