The federal government has slowly been gaining power since this country was started. The country’s power used to be more focused on the individual states, this ensured that citizens could reach their governments more easily. With the majority of power under the states control it created a more flexible government, this allowed the states to govern accordingly and to fix any unique problems they could be having. I think that today’s federal government has too much power.
Rick Perry (1) has argued that the federal government does have to much power over things like food safety, minimum wages, bans on child labor, environmental protection and Medicare, along with many others. These things are what the states need to have more individual control over, in turn it would help our country to adapt better to certain things. It makes much more sense to give the states more power because each is different and has a different set of problems and it takes more than a new law or policy to fix them.
In an article written by Peter Roff (2) he states that, “ “Americans overall,” Rasmussen (a pollster) said, ” 64% of Americans tend to trust governments closer to home rather than the federal government and worry that the team in D. C. has too much influence over state governments. ”. I think this is true and the poll results don’t surprise me because most people usually feel that the leaders in the state capitol can relate to their problems better than our leaders so far away in D. C.. But if the power was given to the states people would be able to easily get a hold of someone who can hear their concern and help them.
Government would be much more accessible and citizens might feel like what they can do will count in the long run. In California there are current issues between the Federal gov. and the State gov. which include the legalization of marijuana. The Federal law states that marijuana is illegal in the U. S. , but the California State law has allowed Marijuana to be legalized in its borders to help with medication and other things. This is a good example of the federal government having too much power. With California trying to use Marijuana for good reasons the Federal government does not see that, they only try to further prevent its use.
Despite the federal laws against marijuana some people have opened dispensaries only to have them raided by the Federal government. This example is a perfect show of how the federal government has too much power because the people of California want something but the federal government still denies them of it. With the Federal government in the powerful position its in we should try to in the future think about how it is affecting this country in the future. With politicians like Rick Perry running for president in 2012, he is working on ways to limit federal powers and how to return it to the states.
As Americans I think we should work to limit the federal governments power and return power to the states because it would make states stronger and more efficient for the country. Bibliography http://articles. latimes. com/2011/aug/23/nation/la-na-perry-constitution-20110823 http://www. usnews. com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2011/08/25/poll-most-americans-think-the-federal-government-has-too-much-power http://wiki. answers. com/Q/What_are_the_federal_governments_responsibilities Book sources Perry, Rick, Fed Up! Little, Brown and Company (November 15, 2010).