German orthography is now much simpler than ever and there are now far less redundancies than there ever was. One thing that has drawn my attention lately is the fact that never after an 'ie' in a word comes a double consonant (e. g. 'ff' 'ck' 'tt' etc.), in fact, whenever I see that (in surnames or town names) it seems pretty archaic to me. A single consonant after an 'i' is almost always interpreted as long (except for prepositions like 'in', 'bis', 'mit'). So that suggests we could remove the 'e' and still be able to read and pronounce everything correctly (for example 'Schiff', 'schif' instead of 'Schiff', 'schief'). The same is true to a less extent for vowels followed by an 'h' ('Ban' could be pronounced like 'Bahn' without problem). Note that I'm not talking about the word endings (those should pretty much stay the same in case a plural or conjugations depend on them like 'Kuh' 'Kühe').
Has there ever been a debate on this topic? What where the reasons to keep it? Are they considering anything about it? I'm not asking why we aren't changing it right now. That's a whole other discussion, which involves far more issues than a simple 'ie'.