An IFR rating isn’t all its cracked up to be.
It’s useless in condition they send student pilots out to solo in.
It’s not 100% useful in most conditions private pilots fly in. This is because light aircraft often operate below IFR safe altitudes, they can not cope with IFR weather (minimal ice protection, no weather radar, no redundant instruments or power sources, no autopilot), and your typical private pilot even if he or she files IFR doesn’t have enough experience or currency in actual IMC to safely control the aircraft by instruments alone.
Of course, if they flew the Peking Boulevard it wouldn’t matter because it’s the world’s only fully automated aircraft.
@ JohnR why don’t you try and go IFR over the Rockies in a Cessna 150, then? Or in cloud with embedded CBs and TCUs over the Midwest in any aircraft without a weather radar, you schmuck?