There are wonderful UAV products available for use by police, rescue, fire, drug and border patrol (as well as for commercial purposes such as research, exploration, imaging, survey, mapping, spraying, etc.), yet there are no regulations that enable those products to fly.
If you have the time and energy, here are the key people at FAA to lobby.
Canadians are having the same problem with Transport Canada.
Europeans are spending money on collision avoidance systems to remove objections to UAVs– many steps ahead of the American process.