Does State Government have a role to Play?

The newly elected Governors went to Washington with a message.  They said that the involvement of the Federal government was not productive and in fact hindered the solution of problems.   They said that the Federal government should stop mandating all kinds of new rules because all of the rules carry a price tag which the State governments are required to pay.  This means that needed local programs go unfunded because the federally mandated programs must be paid first.  The Governors also said that the Federal government should return tax money to the States, (I think this was done under revenue share programs by President Nixon).  The returned money would allow the States more resources to answer the crucial local needs that are identified by the States for the good of the people within the States.  The theme here is that the Governors believe that the Federal government is part of the problem and not part of the solution.  Therefore, they want the Federal government to get out of the way, to shrink in size and reach, and lower taxes so that the local governments can solve the identified State and by inference, regional problems. 

Sounds like a good idea.  Too many people work for the Federal government is what is called “oversight” or supervision of resource positions.  These employees must annually prove the need for their continued employment.  Therefore, if they can, they will dictate their will, and extend their range of control so as to prove the necessity of their job.   Secondly, the local and State governments are overwhelmed by federal requirements which try to impose a one size fits all policy.  The federal mandates take a lot of time, energy and cash away from local and State programs.  Thirdly, it is wasteful that the people of the local and State areas are heavily taxed by the feds.  The money goes to Washington, than some of it is funneled back to the locals. 

What do you think?  Should the citizens of the USA have a place on the national ballot to require the Federal government to stop wasting money, stop expanding the size of government and stop increasing taxes on everybody?


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Retired army chaplain, Rotarian, moderately right of center on most issues, big on self reflection and self analysis.

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