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Morning Bell: Solutions for Sanity
Posted By Conn Carroll On November 1, 2010 @ 9:21 am In First Principles | Comments Disabled
Our country may just need a Rally to Restore Comedy after this past Saturday’s spectacularly unfunny Rally to Restore Sanity  on the National Mall. But “The Daily Show” host and rally organizer Jon Stewart may have stumbled upon some truth in his closing remarks : “We hear every day about how fragile our country is — on the brink of catastrophe — torn by polarizing hate and how it’s a shame that we can’t work together to get things done, but the truth is we do. We work together to get things done every day. The only place we don’t is here or on cable TV. Americans don’t live here or on cable TV.”
The “here” Stewart is referring to is Washington, DC, the seat of federal power in this country. Since 1900, except for a brief dip in the 80s , Washington has taken more and more power away from the rest of the country. Then, almost 60% of government spending took place at the state and local levels. Today, the federal government spends more than twice as much as all other levels of government combined . This trend has only hastened under President Barack Obama, including: government-owned car companies, government-run health care, government-dominated mortgage markets and national school standards. With so many decisions being made for millions of Americans in just one city, is it any wonder that the country has become so politicized and polarized?
As President Ronald Reagan said in his First Inaugural Address : “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?” By assuming more and more tasks in more and more areas outside of its core responsibilities, Washington has greatly damaged American self-rule. The federal government’s extended reach has weakened the states and pushed traditional social institutions into the shadows.
We can do something about this: devolve power away from Washington to the states and the people. The Heritage Foundation’s Solutions for America  has a number of specific policy proposals to cut Washington down to size:
“It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government,” Reagan said in January 1981 . “It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government.” That’s a fact Stewart and the current administration should think about.
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URLs in this post:
 Rally to Restore Sanity: http://www.rallytorestoresanity.com/
 closing remarks: http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-national/video-and-transcript-of-jon-stewart-s-closing-speech-at-rally-to-restore-sanity
 except for a brief dip in the 80s: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2008/05/~/media/Images/Reports/2010/b2136_chart1sm/b2136_chart1.ashx
 Then, almost 60% of government spending took place at the state and local levels. Today, the federal government spends more than twice as much as all other levels of government combined: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/08/Re-embracing-Federalism
 First Inaugural Address: http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1981/12081a.htm
 Solutions for America: http://www.heritage.org/research/projects/solutions-for-america
 Unwind Government Intervention:: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/08/Restoring-the-US-to-a-Free-Economy
 threw out the ceremonial first pitch: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hr7MgcxKnw0GIyU4-mVd0ID3qHrA?docId=b3a000ea3af648a59342c1cac60f00f4
 the Cleveland Browns had a bye: http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/schedule-and-events/index.html
 could only fill a little more than half of the 13,000 capacity: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/thin-crowd-for-cleveland-campaign-rally/
 hosted a $1.8 million fundraiser: http://biggovernment.com/kboehm/2010/10/28/ftc-drops-investigation-of-google-less-than-a-week-after-company-execs-host-obama-fundraiser/
 cut its own taxes by $3.1 billion: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/30/AR2010103004613.html
 golf courses should be expropriated: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-31/chavez-says-venezuela-s-golf-courses-should-be-seized-put-to-other-uses.html
 rise in regulatory red tape: http://www.foundry.org/2010/10/29/rising-tide-of-government-regulation-faces-rising-opposition-from-american-people/
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