October 14, 2013
"It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country." - Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis
The curse of having the dumbest elitists on the planet is the creation of problems that become national in scope. America did not have an education problem until the elitists in certain states created a problem and their compatriots in Washington saw the opportunity to nationalize the problem. So it has been with just about every facet of life where a local failure is turned into a national problem and becomes the excuse for imposing a national solution, enumerated powers be damned. So it has been with banking, housing, welfare, education, energy, pollution, disaster relief, health insurance and every other failed attempt to solve a problem at a local level.
The problem is not simply having dumb elitists but having greedy elitists as well. Nationalizing problems then becomes an excuse for expanding government to drain more resources from localities by means of taxes. The national bureaucrats and politicians skim their share off the top. Politically connected businesses and unions are next in line with favorable contracts and legislation. What is left is promised to the localities that were initially plundered, provided they do as they are told.
The localities have their own bureaucracies to skim off the top of the returned funds. Local and national businesses and unions with political connections then claim their share. By the time the funds reach the local school district, what is left is not sufficient to repair the roof, purchase library books or fix the heating system without imposing additional local taxes. Local school boards are virtually voiceless in a system subject to state and federal control. If you oppose this corrupt racketeering, you are branded as being against education and children.
As federal standards are imposed, the education problem that may have started in New York and California is nationalized. The entire country becomes the laboratory of elitist masterminds that can never seem to find enough money to finance their schemes. Funds from Washington come with strings that bind the recipient to the Washington knows best solution. Education everywhere suffers except where private schools and parents home schooling have rejected elitist control. Private schools and parents remain free to experiment and adopt what works, not what the elitists decree.
If RomneyCare is so wonderful, why haven't other states rushed to adopt a similar system? Perhaps the laboratory known as Massachusetts has conducted a failed experiment other states do not wish to repeat. While local experiments may fail, federal experiments are fueled with bribes to overlook or conceal failure. The only reason we have a national healthcare crisis is because elitists have seized on failures in states like California and nationalized a local problem. This has become a pattern where states interfering with free markets cause their own problems and then turn to the federal government as the slush fund of last resort. Never underestimate the egotism of an elitist when it comes to admitting a mistake, or of another elitist to seize power based on that mistake. In their minds, elitists never make mistakes. They only fail because they are underfunded or being sabotaged by their opponents.
Justice Brandeis merely affirmed by his statement in a dissenting opinion what our Founders understood when they limited the power of the federal government. We have 50 laboratories where the people were once free to experiment, within the rules set forward by the Constitution. Any laboratory could accept or reject the experiments of any other laboratory based on their own definition of success or failure. This is the beauty of federalism where new and competing ideas can be tested. Federal programs like Common Core are bribes to crush innovation and enforce uniformity. This national solution can only produce a national failure where no state escapes the consequences.
If we want better education and healthcare, we will not have it until we allow the 50 laboratories to function as intended, test new and competing ideas and let each decide what is best for itself. Whether it is Democrats with Obamacare or establishment Republicans with a national healthcare counter plan, inserting the federal government into a solution is contrary to the Constitution. I trust the wisdom of our Founders, not the arrogance of the elitists from either party.
The challenge then is on we, the people to elect local officials and state legislators willing to challenge the federal racketeers and their local enablers. We must also identify candidates for national office that can resist the temptation to nationalize what should be strictly local problems. If we send representatives to Washington on the promise they will get us more funds for our local schools for example, we perpetuate the federal fleecing racket and nationalization of failure.
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