For the Love of God…STOP Trying to Make Government Simple.
This article is an excellent case for the 10th Amendment. Trying to govern 320 million diverse people over a massive geography with what amounts to one-size-fits-all (or, small numbers of sizes must fit all) legislation is rapidly becoming impossible.
China, btw, makes this argument all the time to their public: “We are too large and too diverse for democracy to work. It doesn’t scale up to our size.”
Maybe they’re right, and that’s what we’re seeing the stress fractures of now. The Texans were making “secede” noises under Obama, the Californians are making them today.
Can you imagine, for example, *any* national health care system that pleases both Californians and Texans? Obviously not. One of them will feel like theyve been poked in the eye, and the internal dissent will continue to fester.
The Framers wrote the 10th into the Constitution for a reason. The 10th got a horrid reputation as it was used to justify slavery, but the fact is that the concept is neither good nor bad, and is used by other civilized nations (Switzerland is the best example) which operate quite nicely under a federalist model. The central government acts as a regulating board, taking very little in taxes; the bulk of the taxes go to and are kept by the cantons (states). The federal governments says “You must provide an affordable, by this formula, health care insurance plan to all your citizens. Now go do it”, leaving the details to the cantons.