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March 27, 2014

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Historically, one of our strengths has been that government has been administered at the most local level possible. Local (Boards, City/County), then State, then Federal. Jefferson v. Madison. Our history has been a slow transition from Jefferson to Madison as arguments supporting expansion of Federal power have prevailed.

Currently, under a very Progressive Democratic Administration and Senate, the Madison view strongly dominates. So, we see an insatiable appetite for decision making and authority to be transferred to the Federal level. Nothing new, or surprising.

If one accepts that decisions(historically made at the local/state level) are now better handled at the Federal level, one should accept two consequences: (1) the results of a particular decision may not feel "good" in your local community [i.e., the "greater good" argument], and (2) this is an extremely expensive way to run a society.

OK--the Federal Govt has the printing presses and thus can fund whatever the "Progressives" want. So,logically, governments on the local/state level must trim their sails and pare back administrative expense as the Federal government takes over roles they used to perform? No need for local school boards and huge local/state bureaus controlling matters now superfluous from a local perspective. If we expand the Federal government, logic says that we also should contract local/state government. Otherwise, Govt (at all levels) will consume 100% of our resources.

Alan B.

The shrinking taxpayer base simply cannot afford the luxury of the overlapping, redundant, bureaucracies. That is where debate should focus. Where is MSM when we need them for a constructive role anticipated by the Constitution?

One may question whether the Local or Federal Governments are best equipped to make life decisions at the Mayberry level.

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