Shift More Powers from the Federal to the State Level

Target: The Obama administration

Goal: To give more control to the states while limiting the responsibilities of the federal government.

Throughout the financial crisis, the states and cities across the nation have worked tirelessly to revive themselves. This should be a huge indication that the United States would be much better off if the federal government left more power to the people and the states. Big government spending programs should be resisted and the citizens of the United States need to demand more power for the state and local governments.

Often times, the federal government intervenes with good intentions but those intentions go awry and the result is utter destruction. To quote Milton Friedman, “the tragedy is that because government is doing so many it ought not to be doing, it performs the functions it ought to be performing badly.” If the federal government would just focus on its few central responsibilities and distribute other tasks to the states, then the whole country would run a lot smoother and could avoid bankruptcy. Public education is a great example of the efficiency difference between state-run and nationally-run programs. The federal program, Head Start, was created to help low-income students prepare for school, but it has been proven to provide no benefit to students and has been a huge failure. In contrast, the state-run charter schools—particularly in New York and Texas—have been given a good grade in helping low-income students achieve academic improvement. This is just one example, but data and statistics show that the states have been able to more effectively renew themselves better than the federal government.

It is time to change the status quo of large federal involvement in areas that it has no place and shift those powers to the state and local governments.


Dear Obama Administration,

Though your efforts to get involved in so many parts of people’s lives are well-intentioned, it seems more logical to leave certain tasks to the state and local governments. With the state and city governments closer to home, they are able to conduct programs and duties more effectively and efficiently for the people. This will save a lot of money from being misallocated into programs and funding that is poorly conducted.

If the administration is truly concerned with the public’s well-being, then it should start shifting more responsibilities to the states and start shaving off federal programs that simply do not work for our nation.

[Your Name Here]

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