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#1 15 years ago

...to make it grant more powers to the states. Federalism: A union of states in which sovereignty is divided between a central authority and the member state authorities. bensguide.gpo.gov/6-8/glossary.html a system of government in which powers and responsibilities are divided between a national government and provincial or state governments www.aph.gov.au/find/glossary.htm The problem with the US government as it stands today is that individual states do not have the right to control their own economies, and as the national economy and system of laws tends to interfere with the will of the individual states. Life in America would be better for both sides (liberals and conservatives) if each state could set up it's own economic system and laws. For instance, the conservative states could create a strictly libertarian capitalist economy where there are very very minimal taxes, there is no minimum wage, and education and healthcare are privatized. At the same time, the liberal states could create a more "progressive" economy where there is a living wage or universal basic income (UBI) and education and health care is free. I'm sick of the way the national government is allowed to have so much control over how the state governments work: the national government has become a rope in an eternal game of tug-o-war between the liberals and conservatives. It's annoying, especially when you're losing. Anyone else with me on this?




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#2 15 years ago

I would have to agree. It's time that we start governing our country, not the party that was elected into office.




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#3 15 years ago

I don't know, but wouldn't this start to lead to civil war in the future?




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#4 15 years ago

This idea is designed to prevent a civil war.




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#5 15 years ago
SeinfeldRulesIt's time that we start governing our country, not the party that was elected into office.

that's about the whole point of having a representative democracy... you don't govern your country, you choose people you think is qualified to do it.




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#6 15 years ago

He is suggesting we have less representation from the office, and more representation from the states...

It would work better. I would just move out of this shithole called Illinois and I would move to a red state.




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#7 15 years ago

Umm, i think it should be up to the national government to do the economy of the nation, not the individual states. It will turn into more and more like a confederation.

And what you would predict would cause increased tension between the states, and would sow the seeds of sucession.

And the liberals will not alway lose the tug of war...just look at when Clinton was prez, he had the majority of a lot of stuff. There is just a balance of power that tetters back and forth.




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#8 15 years ago

It will turn into more and more like a confederation. Duh. I defined "federalism" in my original post. And what you would predict would cause increased tension between the states, and would sow the seeds of sucession. The seeds of secession are already sprouting under our current style of government. The Red and Blue States can't continue to hate one another and still co-exist under one national government for such an extended period of time. Tension has been building for a decade. And the liberals will not alway lose the tug of war...just look at when Clinton was prez, he had the majority of a lot of stuff. There is just a balance of power that tetters back and forth. I'm not assuming the liberals will always lose...I'm just saying that the tug-o-war game is annoying for at least half of America at any given time (for all of America when neither side can accomplish their agendas).




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#9 15 years ago

Well, I dont think that it is such a big problem, because there is not such a large split between the populations of red and blue states. Just look, most of the time that Kerry won, he did so with between 5-10% more of the vote, not 20-30% more of the vote.




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#10 15 years ago

Let's amend the constitution so the Arnie the governator can be president:naughty: :lol: