We Don’t Trust the Feds: States Need Their Power Restored

A new poll has found a “historic low” in the trust young people have for government. 18-29 year olds’ trust in the President, Congress, the military, the Supreme Court, and the federal government as a whole has declined for years, but especially over the last 2 years. Trust in the media has also declined, but trust in state and local government has remained the same for the past 4 years.

And that is what is so great about America, we have 50 state governments to pick up the pieces when the federal government drops the ball. The federal government does everything it can to boss the states around, in an attempt to exert control, but some states are starting to fight back. Since there is no Constitutional way for the federal government to issue orders to the states, the feds have been holding money over the states ever since the 16th amendment was passed authorizing the federal income tax. States comply with the feds if they want their handouts of highway funds, education funds, grants, and other bribery.

But when we think about all the failures of the federal government, we still seem to have this “it is a necessary evil” attitude; but why? Our state governments are practically like little countries anyway, and think of how much money they would have to work with if the federal government wasn’t stealing a quarter of the wealth created by Americans every year.

So really when you think about it, what would be so bad about the federal government just disappearing? States would finally have control back of their national guard. We would see competition among intelligence and other military capabilities where one state would build a good international spying system, and trade intelligence to other states in exchange for, say, the other state’s naval capacity, or just for a price. This would be the same specialization technique which allows business to thrive without having to perform every little task involved in making and marketing their product. And what is even better, the states would be hard-pressed to agree to send their own militias overseas to fight wars relatively unrelated to the states’ interests, so our national offense would be restored to national defense.

Other competition among the states would see industry boom, without the federal regulations, which currently cost businesses in America more than the entire gross domestic product of Canada! If one state has little regulations, businesses might set up shop there. If that lack of regulation leads to death and suffering, people would move out of the state, or use businesses from states with the proper regulation in place. But more likely, businesses would behave appropriately from the start, because they would have to succeed on their own making customers happy, unable to appeal to federal funds to bail out or subsidize their terrible business practices.

The state governments existed before the federal government, and created the national government by joining together, believing they would be just as able to exit the union peacefully. Today our national government works against the interests of individuals, and against the interests of the states. The 10th Amendment—anything not authorized under the Constitution is left for the states to decide, unless also prohibited by the Constitution—has gone by the wayside as the feds seize ever more control, ignoring the Constitutional limitations that the states originally placed on the national government. It is time state government stand up and refuse to recognize the authority the feds falsely claim to have, and restore balance and peace to our great nation.

Common Core: Producing Robots or Students?

Common Core implementation has seemed to slip into our schools in the dead of night. A federal idea, but one that has been argued largely on the local level, because it was accepted by state governments after they were bribed with federal money. Said by proponents to hold schools to a higher standard, it seems to follow the example set by “no child left behind”, and make sure no child gets ahead. How could someone see replacing literature with EPA documents and establishing teaching standards that ignore the differences of students and groups of students in each classroom and school, as something beneficial for education? Probably, that someone, is a person who is not trying to foster creativity, individual achievement, and free thinking to solve problems. The Common Core push has been funded largely by Bill Gates, who has openly stated that he is excited to have a new base of customers and workers created in public education; what will become an assembly line for robots. Watch the speech from a high school Senior below to become acquainted with Common Core, and the problems it presents.

Years ago Milton Friedman said, “The world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus”. I think this gets to the bottom of the larger issue, is central planning of society or individual planning of their own interests going to produce better results? History shows that for individuals and society as a whole, when people are allowed to pursue their own interests and creative endeavors for their own purposes, is when society grows, matures, and advances the most.