Rewriting from scratch is probably the worst thing you can do. See this article by Joel Spolsky,,
I had turned my daughter (who is now 20) into a Trekkie - I got her started with the Voyager series and then together we watched all the available Star Treks. We have had great time doing all this, and now when she visits home from college we still re-watch old episodes of Voyager.
That means that you should be calling your Congress person. Are you? The elected representative is the guy/gal who determines how the money is spent.
Never call a man a fool. Borrow from him.